Photo Credit: UNIFIL
A battalion of Irish troops deployed in southern Lebanon, as part of the UN mandate force UNIFIL.

UN Ambassadors from the United States and Israel both urged the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) this weekend to enforce UN Security Council resolutions in Lebanon, and to stop ignoring covert Iranian efforts to arm the Hezbollah terrorist organization in the country.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters at a news briefing following her return from a visit to Vienna that Irish Major-General Michael Beary, commander of the UNIFIL forces, was turning a blind eye to Iran’s activities in Lebanon.

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“General Beary says there are no Hezbollah weapons,” Haley said. “That’s an embarrassing lack of understanding of what’s going on around him.

“Hezbollah openly brags about their weapons. They parade them before TV cameras. The secretary-general’s reports have confirmed this. For the UNIFIL commander to deny it … has any proof, shows that we need to have changes in UNIFIL.” she said.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, agreed in a written statement. “US Ambassador Haley is correct. UNIFIL cannot continue to remain blind to the weapons buildup in southern Lebanon and they must put an end to Hezbollah’s Security Council violations to ensure calm in our region,” he wrote.

“The Security Council must adopt a more robust UNFIL mandate that will address the serious security threats posed by Hezbollah.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. UNIFIL, you have a lot to answer to the world for your negligence as to what happened in Lebanon. Hezbollah has brought in tons of weapons right under your commander’s nose and now you claim that your commander wasn’t capable to manage the duties deligated to him, despite being there many years. What was he doing in Lebanon all his years. UNIFIL please give an account to these questions!!!!

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