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Israel to UN: Condemn Iran, Syria for rocket fire

Israeli envoy hits back after Ban calls on both sides to show restraint, says attacks a ‘blatant violation’ of Security Council resolutions

Israeli envoy to the UN Ron Prosor addressing the UN Security Council, November 11, 2014. (Courtesy of the Israeli Mission to the UN)
Israeli envoy to the UN Ron Prosor addressing the UN Security Council, November 11, 2014. (Courtesy of the Israeli Mission to the UN)

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor called Saturday morning for the United Nations to condemn Thursday’s rocket fire on Israel, and not simply make do with a general statement regarding both sides.

Prosor was speaking after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday evening expressed “deep concern” over the attack and subsequent Israeli response, and called for both sides to “exercise maximum restraint.”

Israel launched air and artillery strikes into Syria on Friday morning in the wake of a rocket salvo on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights, including an aerial attack on a vehicle. Six people were killed in the air strike, Syrian state television said. There were no casualties in the rocket fire into Israel, which accused an Islamic Jihad cell of firing the rockets at Iran’s behest and said it had targeted the cell members traveling in the vehicle. Islamic Jihad denied the accusation and vowed revenge for Israel’s air assault.

“Israel holds Syria responsible for every attack that emanates from its territory, and knows that Iran is the ultimate producer of all terror incidents in the region,” said Prosor, according to Israel’s Maariv website. He appealed to the UN chief to consider the circumstances of Israel’s response, and not issue a blanket statement.

Two IDF soldiers stand amid a large fire raging near Kfar Sold, caused by missiles fired from the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border and hitting open areas in the Golan Heights in northern Israel on August 20, 2015. (Photo by Basel Awidat/Flash90)
Two IDF soldiers stand amid a large fire raging near Kfar Sold, caused by missiles fired from the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border and hitting open areas in the Golan Heights in northern Israel on August 20, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

“Just as the attacks are exceptional, so should you response be too – you cannot suffice, as is your custom, with a call for both sides to show restraint,” he said.

“You must condemn Iran, which initiates and carries out acts of terrorism, and Syria, which is responsible for attacks coming from its territory,” Channel 2 quoted Prosor as saying. “This is a blatant violation of the [post-Yom Kippur War] Disengagement of Forces Agreement and Security Council resolutions.”

The statement from Ban’s office Friday said that, “The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the serious violations of the Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria.”

“The Secretary-General condemns all violations of the Disengagement of Forces Agreement and calls on all concerned to refrain from any action that jeopardizes the ceasefire between Israel and Syria and undermines the stability of the area. The Secretary-General calls on all involved to exercise maximum restraint to prevent any further escalation in an already tense regional environment,” the statement said.

Israeli leaders said in the wake of the country’s response that the Jewish state was not seeking an escalation, but would act to defend itself from attacks.

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