Le­banon to file com­plaint at UN over Is­rael

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Regional -

LE­BANON plans to lodge a com­plaint against Is­rael at the U.N. over a diplo­matic and political cam­paign in prepa­ra­tion for at­tacks against it. For­eign Minister Ge­bran Bas­sil has in­structed Le­banon’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the U.N., Am­bas­sador Amal Mu­dal­lali, to sub­mit the com­plaint, the coun­try’s for­eign min­istry said in a state­ment Thurs­day.

The min­istry said that Is­rael pen­e­trated the na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work and sent recorded phone mes­sages to res­i­dents of the vil­lage of Kfar Kila warn­ing them that there would be bomb­ings on Le­banese ter­ri­to­ries and their lives will be en­dan­gered.

Ear­lier this week, Is­rael launched an op­er­a­tion on Hezbol­lah on the grounds that the Iran-backed mil­i­tant group had built tun­nels, some of which were reach­ing into Is­raeli ter­ri­to­ries or ter­ri­to­ries un­der Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion. Is­rael claimed that the group was pre­par­ing for an at­tack. In a state­ment, the army said the tun­nel sys­tem was dug by Le­banese group Hezbol­lah south of the Le­banese town of Kfar Kila.

Is­rael and Hezbol­lah have avoided ma­jor con­flict across the Le­banese-Is­raeli bor­der since their last war in 2006, dur­ing which at least 1,200 peo­ple, mostly Le­banese civil­ians, were killed. How­ever, Is­rael has mounted at­tacks in Syria tar­get­ing what it said were ad­vanced weapon de­liv­er­ies to the Shi­ite Mus­lim group.

How­ever, con­sid­er­ing there is an elec- tion ap­proach­ing in Is­rael, which is look­ing to be quite con­tentious as the cur­rent Prime Minister Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu is un­der fire for al­leged cor­rup­tion and his Cabi­net is di­vided over some of the coun­try’s poli­cies, ques­tions have arisen over whether the Is­raeli gov­ern­ment was fol­low­ing an agenda to ter­ror­ize the re­gion for its own sake. Sim­i­larly, the Is­raeli op­er­a­tion might be seen as an in­di­rect in­ter­ven­tion in Le­banon, where political par­ties have con­tin­u­ously failed to form a gov­ern­ment. Is­rael may ben­e­fit from the ab­sence of a gov­ern­ment, a no­table part of which will be the Hezbol­lah-backed gov­ern­ment. To that end, Is­rael may be us­ing the tun­nels as a pre­text to mount pres­sure on the coun­try.

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