Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to deliver a statement of “significant importance” — in English — on Wednesday morning prior to a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, regarding the Iranian-backed Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnels penetrating into Israeli territory from Lebanon.
Netanyahu is also expected to discuss the guerrilla organization’s flagrant violation of UNSC Resolution 1701 — the ceasefire agreement that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah.
The fact that Netanyahu is delivering the remarks in English makes it clear from the start that the message is intended for international consumption.
The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss the discovery of the tunnels and the implications of their existence, as well as the blatant violation of Israel’s sovereignty and the UNSC resolution that ended the 2006 war.
UNIFIL — the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, acting as the UN peacekeeping force — has inspected and formally confirmed the presence of the tunnels and the fact that they infiltrate from Lebanon into Israeli territory, and do in fact violate resolution 1701 and Israel’s sovereignty.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said ahead of Wednesday’s meeting at the Security Council, “The time has come for the Security Council to act using all means against the Hezbollah terror infrastructure that continues to grow stronger under the government of Lebanon.”