Sanctions sought over tunnels
JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister Thursday asked the international community to impose additional sanctions on Hezbollah and condemn the Lebanese militant group in response to the discovery of tunnels stretching from southern Lebanon into northern Israel.
Stepping up an international pressure campaign against Hezbollah, Israel also hosted the commander of a UN peacekeeping force, showing him one of the tunnels and urging the force to take action across the border.
The Israeli military this week launched an openended operation meant to expose and thwart what it says are tunnels built by the Lebanese militant group aimed at infiltrating Israel.
The two sides are bitter enemies and fought an inconclusive monthlong war in 2006.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured the operation’s area with a group of foreign ambassadors Thursday.
“I told the ambassadors that they need to unequivocally condemn this aggression against us by Iran, by Hezbollah and by Hamas, and of course to also strengthen the sanctions against these elements,” Netanyahu said.
He also said he’ll demand the UN Security Council discuss the matter.
He said that at the end of the operation, the tunnels “will no longer exist and will no longer be effective.”
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU “Condemn this aggression”