Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, on Wednesday sent a letter to the UN Security Council, demanding it condemn the latest threats by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
In a television interview earlier this week, the terrorist leader gloated about the advanced weaponry he obtained, threatened to target civilian sites across Israel and to invade the northern Galilee region.
“We will not accept any violation of our sovereignty, and will take all necessary measures to protect our citizens,” Ambassador Danon wrote the Security Council.
“The time has come for the Security Council to respond firmly against Hezbollah’s repeated threats against the citizens of Israel and its ongoing military buildup. The international community must act to disarm Hezbollah,” he demanded.
In his letter, Danon praised the recent report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, which detailed Hezbollah’s many violations of Security Council 1701, but took the Security Council to task for refusing to even mention Hezbollah by name in their summary of the report.
“The Secretary General’s report expressed deep concern “at the readiness and willingness of Hezbollah to use its capabilities and warned that their possession of arms and attempts to procure sophisticated weapons provoke conflict,” Ambassador Danon noted. “Yet, the Security Council did not take heed of the Secretary General’s warnings. Hezbollah’s constant threats and ongoing military buildup have been met instead with utter silence.”
Nasrallah's threats against Israel came a month after the Hezbollah chief suggested that the organization would strike Israel’s chemical plants in Haifa, referring to the ammonia storage tanks there as “Hezbollah’s nuclear bomb”.
“In Haifa there are 15 tons of ammonia [being stored]; any missile strike by Hezbollah would make it a nuclear bomb that would kill thousands of Israelis,” he said at the time.
Following that threat, as well, Danon demanded that the UN condemn Nasrallah, saying at the time, “When a terror organization publicly threatens the citizens of another country, silence is unacceptable.”
In the five years since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Hezbollah has benefitted from a flood of Russian and Iranian weapons sent to bolster the struggling Assad regime.
Last month it was revealed that Hezbollah had acquired advanced anti-air capabilities, including sophisticated radar tracking devices.