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July 12, 2016 12:36 pm

Israel’s UN Ambassador Warns: Hezbollah Has 120,000 Hidden Missiles — More Than All European NATO Allies

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Ambassador Danny Danon addressing the Security Council. Photo: Courtesy.

Ambassador Danny Danon addressing the Security Council. Photo: Courtesy.

Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah has amassed a larger arsenal of hidden rockets and missiles than all European NATO allies combined, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations warned on Tuesday.

During a special UN Security Council session on the Middle East — and the current situation in Lebanon, a decade after the end of the second war in the country between Israel and Hezbollah — Danny Danon said that the radical Shi’ite group has 120,000 rockets and missiles, and that “more missiles are hidden underground in 10,000 square kilometers [of Lebanon] than the above-ground 4 million square kilometers” of the European North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries.

Citing the latest Israeli intelligence assessments, Danon said Hezbollah — which he called one of the “main causes of instability” in the region — has enhanced its military capabilities over the last 10 years. When Resolution 1701, which marked the end of the Second Lebanon War, was adopted, the ambassador said, Hezbollah was in possession of 7,000 rockets. Today, many times that number are aimed at Israeli population centers.

In addition, Danon stated, vast areas of southern Lebanon have been transformed by Hezbollah into “terror outposts.”  

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Presenting aerial satellite imagery as proof, Danon told the Security Council, “The village of Shaqra has been turned into a Hezbollah stronghold with one out of three buildings used for terror activities, including rocket launchers and arms depots. Hezbollah has placed these positions next to schools and other public institutions putting innocent civilians in great danger.” 

The aerial photograph presented to the Security Council. Photo: IDF.

The aerial photograph presented to the Security Council. Photo: IDF.

All of this, Danon said, demonstrates that Hezbollah is “committing double war crimes.”

“They are attacking civilians, and using Lebanese civilians as human shields,” he said. “We demand the removal of Hezbollah terrorists from southern Lebanon.”

The Israeli ambassador also slammed Iran for its role in supporting terrorism in the Middle East, calling the Islamic Republic Hezbollah’s “lifeline.”

“It is clear that behind the Ayatollah’s smile campaign, Iran remains a driving force of terror in the Middle East,” Danon said.

Danon also made clear that should Hezbollah “make the same mistake” it made 10 years ago, Israel will be ready to defend its citizens in the most “forceful” way possible.

July marks 10 years since the Second Lebanon War, a 34-day military conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. In August 2006, the Security Council passed Resolution 1701 — which was approved by the Israeli and Lebanese governments — that called, in part, for the disarming of Hezbollah.

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  • Jerry Ram

    I believe it, and so does the UN. The issue is….. does the UN care, and should Israel rely on the UN for understanding and aid?
    Please, lets not hold our breath!!!

  • entre ser condenado por la ONU que ya es costumbre hacerlo, y permitir muerte de Israelí, se debe de destruir a hezbollah, hasta con Bombas de neutron si es necesario, que lloren ellos.Francia por un pequeño ataque terrorista bombardeo a ISIS hasta envía porta aviones causando miles de muertos civiles

  • Martin Bookspan

    Peter Joffe has it exactly right!

  • Defend?

    Israel would have been wiped out if the Arabs attacked first in 1967.

    Israel was almost wiped out by another surprise attack on Yom Kippur but it wasn’t a surprise. Golda didn’t want to strike first because she didn’t want the world to condemn Israel so she allowed the Arabs to strike first murdering over 3,000 Israelis before Sharon saved the country from total defeat and this is with a nation which has nuclear weapons.

    If Israel can’t use nuclear weapons to destroy her enemies first then she has no right to permit another Holocaust.

    Use them or lose them and let the world be damned. They’ve been trying to finish the job Hitler started in the 1930’s.

  • jakob wasi

    Sounds as though he’s doing a Colin Powell, citing numbers without proof.

  • Reform School

    “If UNO (the United Nations Organization) is Number One, why does it smell like Number Two?”

  • Reform School

    “When all is said and done, much more is said than done!”

  • akinboyewa

    To be candid. The battle can never resolve as far people exist in those territory and isreal remain within. But I no isreal will never be defeated

  • Theodore Crawford

    “In August 2006, the Security Council passed Resolution 1701 — which was approved by the Israeli and Lebanese governments — that called, in part, for the disarming of Hezbollah.” A classic example of the effectiveness of UN Security Council Resolutions. Today, in spite of Resolution 1701, Hezbollah has 120,000 rockets and missiles!

  • Lia

    Does anybody expect the morally and ethically corrupt (and historically uninformed) UN to act with any degree of responsibility?

  • If the sites are known then there will be easier to bomb. This has to be done.

  • Did you hear the BBC interview Tues am with the Hezbollah spokesperson? It was so biased and boasting and one=sided without any editorial from the newscaster…very upsetting

  • stevenl

    IL should drop leaflets to warn the Lebanese people of what will happen to those children.

  • ERIK

    what about WHD?

  • Jonah

    A sigh of relief at the White House when hearing that Iran has three nuclear weapons. Obama can now concentrate all his energy on destroying the world now that the demise of Israel is at hand. He is now preparing his speech to mourn the loss of Israel…the entire world will see him as tears swell in his eyes when condemning Iran as he grieves for the people of .Israel. These senseless wars must come to an end and as president of the U.N. Now that Israel has been annihilated my first act will be to bring peace to the earth.

  • brenrod

    Israel should never sign a truce until the enemy is disarmed and destroyed.

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