Danny Danon addresses UN on Hezbollah build arsenal
Danny Danon addresses UN on Hezbollah build arsenalCourtesy of Israel Mission to UN

In a series of letters to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council, Lebanon accused Israel of violating their end-of-war agreement for the Second Lebanon War.

A decade since the war was declared over, Lebanon’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nawaf Salam, wrote a series of letters accusing Israel of violating Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War.

A counter-letter by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon refutes the claims: “These letters contain intentionally misleading accusations against Israel with regards to violations of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.”

In one example, Danon points out that an accusation that Israel threw a smoke bomb toward a dirt road patrolled by the Lebanese Army in Jall al-Alam, is entirely distorted: the smoke bomb landed in Israeli territory, and was thrown in response to suspicious behavior of Lebanese soldiers and Hezbollah members along the border.

In fact, Danon writes, the Blue Line - the border between Israel and Lebanon - was not crossed by Israel during any of the "incidents," which utterly belies the claim that Israel violated resolution 1701.

However, Danon stressed, “Lebanese violations of UNSCR 1701 are daily occurrences, and Hezbollah’s armed presence in Southern Lebanon goes unchallenged by the Lebanese government,”

“Despite their visibility and frequency, the vast majority of these violations are consistently excluded from the secretariat’s reports,” he added.

“The government of Lebanon, for over a decade, has been avoiding the terror emanating and growing from within its borders. Israel and the IDF will continue protect its sovereignty and maintain the safety of its people," Danon concluded.