A new warning on Iran’s destabilizing behavior in Lebanon was sent to the United Nations Secretary General and Security Council. The letter, which has been seen by Fox News, warned of the consequences of leaving Hezbollah’s actions unchecked by the U.N.
The letter was written by Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon, and was shown to Fox News by a U.N. diplomat. It warns that continued inaction by the U.N. and the Lebanese government will lead to Iran and its U.S. designated terrorist organization, Hezbollah, further disrupting the region.
The two-page letter describes a recent visit by a senior Iranian official, Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, to the Lebanese/Israeli border where he was escorted by Hezbollah officials who were uniformed and armed — which is a blatant violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The visit took place within a U.N. buffer zone free of any armed personnel.
The letter refers to pictures on social media showing Raisi inspecting Hezbollah military sites. The letter reports that he made provocative comments about the imminent liberation of Jerusalem, and thanked Hezbollah for its “stand against the Zionist regime.”
The letter states in part, “ I write, once again, to alert you and members of the Security Council to the dangerous and destabilizing actions taken by Hezbollah, the internationally recognized terrorist organization that serves as an Iranian proxy in our region.”
The letter continues, “This visit by Raisi and these other instances are not only blatant violations of Security Council resolutions, but are also further proof of Iranian attempts to destabilize our entire region. These Iranian efforts not only threaten Israelis, but also directly endanger the citizens of Lebanon by putting them on the frontlines where they are sure to pay a painful price resulting from possible future escalations.”
Also mentioned in the letter are other visits by senior Iran-supported Shiite groups from Syria and Iraq, including a militia controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The letter makes the point that such visits seem to support a speech given by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah last summer where he stated that the next war with Israel “could see thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of fighters from all over the Arab and Islamic world (coming) to participate — from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
Danon emphasizes in the letter that the visit by Raisi took place in an area controlled by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The Israeli ambassador’s letter says that while Hezbollah violations continue, they’ve yet to see any response from UNIFIL. This despite the fact that the U.N. force is obligated under U.N. resolutions to report such violations. Danon’s letter lists 356 such violations between October 2017 and December 2017.
Ayatollah Sayyed Ebrahim Raisi, a member of Iran's Assembly of Experts who is thought to be the designated successor of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, visited Lebanon and Syria at the end of January 2018.
During the tour, Raisi stated that "Jerusalem's liberation is near."
"Thanks to the resistance movement, Palestine has so far succeeded in withstanding Israel, and they [the Palestinians] have learned that it is fighting and steadfastness, not the negotiating tables, that determine the fate of their country," he was quoted as saying.
Raisi also commended Hezbollah on its efforts to strengthen Islamic culture in Lebanon.