Israel urges UN Security Council to condemn Lebanon, Gaza rocket fire

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Streaks of light are seen as Israel's Iron Dome air defense system intercepts rockets fired by Palestinian terror groups from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on April 7, 2023. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
Streaks of light are seen as Israel's Iron Dome air defense system intercepts rockets fired by Palestinian terror groups from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on April 7, 2023. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)

Israel is calling on the UN Security Council to condemn this week’s rocket fire from Gaza and Lebanon.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan pens a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in which he writes, “The State of Israel calls on the Security Council to condemn, in the strongest terms, the rocket attacks against innocent Israelis – particularly the barrage of rockets from Lebanon, a clear violation of Security Council resolution 1701 – and to condemn the inflammatory role that terror organizations, such as Hamas, play in causing unrest, inciting violence, and instigating terror.”

Yesterday, Israel had lobbied Security Council members to avoid issuing a statement after an emergency meeting on the latest round of violence, fearing that it would draw an equivalency between Israel and terror groups in Gaza and Lebanon.

“Israel holds the government of Lebanon responsible for all attacks emanating from Lebanese territory and demands that Lebanon fulfills its duties to prevent all hostile activity from its territory,” Erdan writes to Guterres.

“Israel condemns in the strongest terms the attempts by terrorist groups in Lebanon to infringe upon its sovereignty in blatant violation of Security Council resolutions, including Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006). Israel will not accept any violation of its sovereignty and security, and will take all necessary steps to protect its citizens.”

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