Is­rael urges UN to con­demn Hezbol­lah over tun­nels

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

IS­RAEL on Wed­nes­day urged a spe­cial ses­sion of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to con­demn the Lebanese mil­i­tant group Hezbol­lah and des­ig­nate it a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of cross­bor­der tun­nels stretch­ing into Is­rael.

Fol­low­ing a stormy ses­sion, the coun­cil took no ac­tion on the Is­raeli re­quest, though sev­eral mem­bers sided with Is­rael and ex­pressed con­cerns over Hezbol­lah’s vi­o­la­tion of a UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion that ended a 2006 war be­tween the bit­ter en­e­mies.

Is­rael has pre­vi­ously urged the UN’S most pow­er­ful body to con­demn Hezbol­lah, but has never suc­ceeded be­cause of di­vi­sions in the coun­cil, and there was no move Wed­nes­day to cir­cu­late a draft res­o­lu­tion on the tun­nels.

A key rea­son for the lack of coun­cil ac­tion is that some mem­bers would in­sist that Is­raeli vi­o­la­tions of the 2006 res­o­lu­tion also be in­cluded in a res­o­lu­tion.

Early this month, Is­rael an­nounced the dis­cov­ery of what it said was a net­work of cross-bor­der Hezbol­lah at­tack tun­nels and launched an open-ended mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion to de­stroy them.

It so far has ex­posed four tun­nels that it says were to be used to in­fil­trate and at­tack Is­raeli towns and abduct Is­raeli civil­ians.

Ahead of Wed­nes­day’s de­bate, Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu urged the coun­cil to con­demn Hezbol­lah.

“This is not merely an act of ag­gres­sion.

This is an act of war,” Ne­tanyahu said.

“The peo­ple of Le­banon have to un­der­stand that Hezbol­lah is putting them in jeop­ardy and we ex­pect Le­banon to take ac­tion against this.”

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