The Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah is “now more militarily powerful than most North Atlantic Treaty Organization members,” a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations wrote in an op-ed published Monday in The Wall Street Journal.
Hezbollah is now “10 times as strong now as it was in 2006, and its military infrastructure permeates Lebanon,” Ron Prosor observed. This is in violation of the “thoroughly ineffective” UN Security Council resolution 1701, which was adopted to end the 2006 Lebanon War and called for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to keep the country’s south “free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons.”
Hezbollah has thoroughly defied 1701, acquiring an estimated 150,000 missiles — more than the combined arsenals of 27 NATO nations — with a range capable of striking “anywhere in Israel” and the ability to “launch 1,500 of them a day,” Prosor wrote. Lebanon’s newly installed president Michael Aoun has also “embraced” Hezbollah’s arsenal as “a principal element of Lebanon’s defense.”
Nonetheless, Hezbollah acts “with Iran’s interests in mind—not Lebanon’s,” and if it forces a war on Israel, it will not care about the resulting damage to Lebanon, Prosor pointed out. He pointed to Hezbollah’s support of the Syrian government as an example, which has led it to unleash “genocide against the Sunni Arab population.”
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