Israel: UN Observers Failing Mandate to Track Hizbullah Arms

(Reuters) Dan Williams - UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon have failed to report on Hizbullah armaments as required, Yaakov Amidror, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's national security adviser, said Thursday, arguing that Israel could not rely on foreign intervention for its security. "Has Hizbullah avoided bringing any kind of rocket, missile or other arms into southern Lebanon because UNIFIL is there?" he asked. "Under their (UNIFIL) mandate, they cannot stop Hizbullah and confiscate its arms, but they can write a report. There has been no UNIFIL report about any weapon of any Hizbullah person since UNIFIL has existed," Amidror said. Israel believes Hizbullah has amassed 60,000 rockets, including 5,000 with heavy warheads capable of hitting Tel Aviv.

2013-04-05 00:00:00

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