Minister Eli Cohen
Minister Eli CohenYossi Aloni/Flash 90

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen sent an unusual letter to the President of the UN Security Council in which he included an explicit Israeli warning so that the Security Council would understand the seriousness of the situation on the Lebanese border, Channel 12 News reported on Tuesday.

Cohen warned in his letter that if Security Council Resolution 1701 is not fully implemented and the presence of Hezbollah’s Radwan force continues on the border, and if the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) does not use all its capabilities to prevent any military presence south of the Litani River, a regional war could erupt.

"For the benefit of regional stability and to prevent further escalation - the next discussion of the UN Security Council must adopt a completely different approach to end the dangerous violations by Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations on the border," wrote Minister Cohen.

Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War in 2006, stipulates that Hezbollah must not be allowed to operate in southern Lebanon and the entire area of southern Lebanon must be free of any armed personnel and weapons other than those of the Government of Lebanon.

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which acts as a buffer between Lebanon and Israel and operates near the border, works to implement Resolution 1701.