Thursday, October 31, 2019

Israel to world powers: No help to Lebanon unless missiles addressed - Ariel Kahana


by Ariel Kahana

Officials who spoke with Israel Hayom say that any international plan to stabilize Lebanon must also include a pledge by the government of Lebanon to stop Hezbollah and Iran from pursuing their missile project. According to foreign reports, Hezbollah has 150,000 missiles, with Iran actively trying to upgrade some into GPS-guided projectiles.


'The port of Beirut has become Hezbollah's port'
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon shows the routes used to arm Hezbollah, Tuesday | Photo: Israeli Mission to the United Nations

The Israeli government has recently sent out a request to various countries asking that any foreign assistance granted to Lebanon in dealing with its ongoing political crisis should also address the precision-guided missiles that Iran has placed in the country, Israel Hayom has learned.

The message was conveyed primarily to the United States and France in a variety of forums.
Officials who spoke with Israel Hayom said that any plan to stabilize Lebanon must also include a pledge by the government of Lebanon to stop the missile project pursued by Hezbollah in Iran.

According to foreign reports, Hezbollah has 150,000 missiles and has received help from Iran in its effort to upgrade them into GPS-guided projectiles, making their potential impact much more devastating.

Israel has vowed to counter this threat. Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon presented the UN Security Council with specific diagrams and figures several months ago, accusing Iran of turning Lebanon into its missile hub.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Tuesday that he would be stepping down over his government's failure to address the concerns of the Lebanese people. Protesters have taken to the streets over the past several weeks, accusing the Lebanese establishment of corruption and being out of touch.


Ariel Kahana

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/10/30/israel-to-world-powers-no-help-to-lebanon-unless-missiles-addressed/

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