Israel Stands Up for Right To Self-Defense to UN

Israel told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that it will exercise its right to self-defense after a Hezbollah missile attack killed two Israeli soldiers, AFP reports.

Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor urged the 15-member council to "unequivocally and publicly condemn Hezbollah" in a letter also sent to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis," wrote Prosor.

"Israel will not accept any attacks on its territory and it will exercise its right to self-defense and take all necessary measures to protect its

Seven IDF soldiers were wounded and two were killed in the attack. A Spanish UN peacekeeper was also killed.

The IDF returned fire shortly thereafter. 

The Israeli envoy demanded that Hezbollah be disarmed and that Lebanon abide by its commitments to do so under UN resolutions.
In 2006, Israel fought a bloody war against Hezbollah that killed more than 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and some 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

The group has reportedly been taunting Israel for months. A recent video has apparently captured the sounds of underground digging, raising serious doubts about Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's claims that northern residents were not hearing Hezbollah digging terror tunnels but rather "horse hooves."

Northern residents and the IDF have been on high alert throughout the week, after an IAF airstrike in the Syrian Golan Heights killed a senior Hezbollah commander and an Iranian Revolutionary Guards general last week, along with several other Hezbollah and Iranian fighters.

Hezbollah responded by vowing an attack on Israel, but made clear it does not want another full-scale war.

But the IDF has nonetheless remained on high alert, and covertly moved Iron Dome batteries close to its northern borders days later.The IDF also closed several roads in the north, including the old road between the towns of Avivim and Dovev, the road between the moshav Zar'it and the Lebanese border.

Also last week, a convoy of civilian vehicles with Hezbollah flags fired shots in the air close to the border with Israel, raising concerns further. 


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