Israel accuses Hezbollah of using environment charity to disguise military posts
Israel has accused Hezbollah of violating United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions by constructing a string of military observation points disguised as installations belonging to an environmental charity.
Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, on Thursday sent a letter to UNSC member states detailing intelligence that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have collected about the installations, which it says have been set up in the name of Green Without Borders, a Hezbollah-funded environmental charity.
"This evidence proves Hezbollah is working along the Blue Line under the guise of civilian activity, while violating UN Security Council resolutions 1701 and 1559," Danon wrote in the letter.
"Hezbollah continues to grow its strength in southern Lebanon and is threatening the stability of the entire region. The international community must not turn a blind eye to these dangerous threats," he added.
The IDF on Thursday released photographs of the installations, to coincide with a speech by the army's head of intelligence, Major General Hertzi Halevi, at the Herzilya conference in central Israel, in which he said "Hezbollah is using an environmental organization as a cover for activities along the border with Israel."
Danon's letter also claimed that in April, UNIFIL, the peacekeeping force that observes the Israel-Lebanon border, was denied access to a Green Without Borders installation "by a group of locals."
"Such obstructions to UNIFIL's operations in the area are unacceptable," the ambassador wrote.
UNIFIL has been contacted for comment.
Israel fought a war with Hezbollah in 2006, six years after it withdrew from southern Lebanon, which it had occupied since the end of the first Lebanon war in the early 1980s.
Gadi Eizenkot, the IDF chief of staff, said yesterday that he believed Hezbollah remained Israel's chief nemesis.
"I believe Hezbollah is the main first-circle threat to Israel," he said in a speech at the Herzilya conference. "It has built capabilities based on tens of thousands of advanced rockets... these are advanced weapons, partially Iranian and partially Syrian."
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