Israel Warns UN on Iran's Destabilizing Behavior in Lebanon

(Fox News) Ben Evansky - Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon has written to the UN Secretary General and Security Council to warn that continued inaction by the UN and the Lebanese government will lead to Iran and its proxy Hizbullah further disrupting the region. He described a recent visit by a senior Iranian official, Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, to the Lebanese-Israeli border where he was escorted by Hizbullah officials who were uniformed and armed, in blatant violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Danon emphasized that Raisi's visit took place in an area controlled by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). His letter lists 356 such violations between October 2017 and December 2017. Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said, "The Trump administration should rid itself of the fiction at the heart of the Lebanon policy that the way to weaken Hizbullah is to build up so-called 'state institutions.'...Strengthening a Hizbullah-controlled state is to strengthen Hizbullah."

2018-02-09 00:00:00

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