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NEW YORK – Ambassador to the UN Meron Reuben and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny
Ayalon both lodged protests in recent days against UN envoys and officials
regarding Sunday’s breaches of Israel’s borders.
Reuben sent two letters
to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council on Monday, lodging
formal complaints regarding the violent intrusions on the Syria and Lebanese
Syrian and Lebanese representatives made their views known as
On Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon met with UN
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, as well as EU
Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
Kristalina Georgieva. During his meeting, Ayalon lodged a protest against Amos,
who characterized those who breached Israel’s borders Sunday as
“It is incumbent that a United Nations senior official will
denounce the provocative violence against Israel, its citizens and its
sovereignty, instead of pointing the finger at a democracy trying to defend
itself,” Ayalon said.
“Israel’s territory is not worthless and will not
be abandoned. Israel has the right and duty, as does any nation, to defend
itself and its borders. It is disappointing that the person in charge of
humanitarian affairs at the UN requires explanations on why defensible borders
are a fundamental right of Israel’s citizens. Israelis are not second class
citizens and they are entailed to all the rights of citizens of other
Lebanon also filed a complaint with the UN against Israel.
Lebanese Ambassador to the UN Nawaf Salam said that IDF troops “opened fire” on
unarmed protesters Sunday. He claimed Lebanese troops had taken “tight security
measures” to escort the group on the demarcation line between the two
The deaths on Sunday, Salam said, highlight “Israel’s
aggressive nature, as it did not hesitate to use excessive force against
civilians in blatant contravention of international law and
Lebanon, which has one of the rotating seats on the 15-nation
Security Council, asked the council on Monday to “pressure Israel to renounce
its belligerent and provocative policy toward Lebanon and hold it responsible”
for the deaths.
UN officials warned on Tuesday that there would be
further deaths and instability unless a lasting solution was found to the