Foreign Ministry calls for 'determined action' by UNIFIL

Foreign Ministry welcomes resolution renewing UNIFIL's mandate on the Lebanese border.

Elad Benari, Canada ,

UNIFIL troops in southern Lebanon
UNIFIL troops in southern Lebanon
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The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Friday welcomed the renewal of the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon.

The UN Security Council this week adopted a resolution regarding the mandate of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL), requiring it to expand its reports to the Security Council and take deliberate action against Hezbollah’s violations.

UNIFIL’s presence on the ground will increase significantly, and troops will be required to tour the Hezbollah-controlled areas of southern Lebanon. UNIFIL must also report all instances of Hezbollah’s violations and attempts to deny access immediately.

"The importance of the resolution was in its call for UNIFIL to act in a meaningful and targeted manner to prevent Hezbollah from strengthening its military arsenal in southern Lebanon," the Foreign Ministry said in Friday's statement.

"The resolution reflects the recognition by the Security Council that a change is necessary and that UNIFIL must receive the necessary tools and support to fully implement its mandate," it added.

"The resolution brings to a successful conclusion months of efforts led by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Ministry to raise awareness and bring about a more vigorous action by the Security Council and UNIFIL on the ground."

"We want to express our special thanks to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, for her determination and commitment to fighting terrorism and to improving the situation in southern Lebanon and for her friendship with Israel," said the Foreign Ministry.

"Following the UN Secretary-General's important visit to Israel, we wish to express our expectation that, in continuation of the Secretary-General's letter to the Security Council regarding UNIFIL, he will now use the tools that this week's resolution gives him.”

"Israel believes that only a determined action by the force in accordance with the resolution adopted this week will contribute to maintaining stability, peace and security on the Israeli-Lebanese border," the statement concluded.

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