Yaalon at IDF Home Front Command’s base 370.
(photo credit: Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon met with UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon in
Jerusalem on Friday, and showed him a map displaying civilian homes in southern
Lebanon that Hezbollah is using to hide rocket launchers while directing
thousands of projectiles at Israel.
“Hezbollah is Iran’s principal weapon
against Israel for the [future] crucial day,” the defense minister said. “This
is an organization that is a state within a state.
Hezbollah activity near the border with Israel, despite the fact that UN
Resolution 1701 forbids Hezbollah from being there and being active there.
Hezbollah must not be there,” Ya’alon said, before producing the map.
defense minister noted the growing conflict between Hezbollah and Sunni elements
in Lebanon. On Thursday, an explosion tore through the Hezbollah-controlled
Dahiye quarter of south Beirut
, killing and wounding dozens of
Ya’alon expressed appreciation for the presence of UN
peacekeeping forces on the Syrian border and in southern Lebanon.
Middle East is in the midst of a strategic earthquake, and there will be
instability in the region for a long time,” he said. “The only stable thing in
the Middle East is instability.”
The defense minister said the region
would have to be prepared for a Syrian civil war that would likely last for
several more years.