Danon: Israel will not sit idly when facing new and old threats

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon warned that Israel will not tolerate an Iranian-Hamas effort to bring the Gaza-based terrorist group to Southern Lebanon.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 9, 2018 18:59
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Palestinian students supporting Hamas stand next to mock Hamas rockets during a rally celebrating their winning of the student council election at Birzeit University in the West Bank city of Ramallah April 23, 2015.. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMAD TOROKMAN)

Israel reportedly complained to the UN Security Council that terror group Hezbollah is violating Security Council Resolution 1701, Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria reported on Saturday.

Israel claimed that Hezbollah has been working alongside the Palestinian terror group Hamas to build rocket-launching capacities and missile production centers in south-east Lebanon after Hamas was unable to hit Israel with rockets from the Gaza Strip. 

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned of such developments in January, saying that “We will not allow [a situation where] on the one hand Hamas talks about the humanitarian crisis [in Gaza] and on the other hand it will try to carry out terrorist attacks from the West Bank or to build terrorist infrastructures in southern Lebanon.”


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Israel argues that these attempts are in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanese War of 2006.

"The cooperation between Hezbollah and Hamas crosses borders," said Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. "The ramifications of the Hamas terror regime in Gaza extend to Lebanon, where they are strengthening their relations with Hezbollah with the approval and support of Iran."

"Israel does not intend to sit idly when facing new and old threats and will do whatever is necessary to protect its citizens," Danon stated.


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