Israeli Defense Minister to UN Sec. General: ‘The Only Stable Thing in the Middle East is the Lack of Stability’
by Zach Pontz
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon met Friday in Jerusalem with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and warned him of the dire security situation in the region.
“The only stable thing in the Middle East is the lack of stability,” Ya’alon said.
He added that Lebanon based terror group Hezbollah was Iran’s main weapon against Israel, and warned Ban that the Israeli government has detected Hezbollah activity near Israel’s northern border, in violation of UN Resolution 1701.
“This organization is a state within a state. They get weapons from Iran and Syria,” he said.
Earlier in the day Ki-moon met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Shimon Peres in separate meetings.
“I think today everybody understands that the root cause of the instability in the Middle East and beyond has to do with the convulsion that is historic and cultural in nature of which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is merely one of many, many such manifestations,” said Netanyahu, addressing the security situation in the region.
Ban thanked Netanyahu for his effort to restart peace talks, saying, “I’m here to urge all the leaders to continue along the path to peace and to underscore a shared commitment to walk together to make 2013 a decisive year for Israel-Palestinian peace and peace in the region.”
During his meeting with Ban, Peres also addressed the security situation in the region within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian Authority peace talks.
“Peace is a real need for both parties, none of us have an alternative. The overall situation in the Middle East is quite bleak and if we can achieve an agreement between us and the Palestinians it is good news in a region that needs good news,” he said.