UN Ambassador: UNIFIL must end Hezbollah's security violations

Israeli UN Ambassador Danon calls on UN to deal with security threats created by Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Danny Danon
Danny Danon
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Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon called on the UN Security Council to adopt a stronger mandate for their peacekeeping force in Lebanon.

"US Ambassador Haley is correct," Danon said. "UNIFIL cannot continue to remain blind to the weapons buildup in southern Lebanon. They must put an end to Hezbollah’s Security Council violations to ensure calm in our region."

"I call on the Security Council to adopt a more robust UNIFIL mandate that will address the serious security threats posed by Hezbollah."

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is a "temporary" force which patrols the demilitarized zone in southern Lebanon. Created in 1978 in order to ensure Israel's withdrawal, the force aims to help Lebanon's government restore authority in the area.

Its current mandate will end next week.

On Friday, Haley said, "Hezbollah openly brags about their weapons. They parade them before TV cameras. The secretary general’s reports have confirmed this. For the UNIFIL commander to deny it ... has any proof, shows that we need to have changes in UNIFIL."

Israel has warned that Lebanon's government and military are now part of Hezbollah.