U.N. Security Council Strengthens
AIPAC applauds the leadership of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Nikki Haley and the Trump Administration for successfully pressing the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) to renew and strengthen the mandate for the U.N. Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
The UNSC authorized UNIFIL in 2006, following the Second Lebanon War, to take “all necessary action” to disarm non-state actors in Lebanon. For far too long, UNIFIL has failed to prevent Hezbollah from aggressively turning southern Lebanon into an armed fortress from which it can attack Israel.
The UNSC resolution adopted yesterday directs UNIFIL to increase its oversight activities of Hezbollah’s actions in southern Lebanon. As Ambassador Haley stated yesterday, the resolution “expressly highlights that UNIFIL has the mandate to take all necessary action to stop its area of operations from being used for hostile activities.”
The resolution also directs UNIFIL to provide “prompt and detailed” reports on its ability to monitor Hezbollah’s military build-up.
Hezbollah is far stronger today than it was in 2006. It now has up to 40,000 fighters, many of whom are battle-tested from fighting on behalf of Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war. And in the last decade, Iran has helped Hezbollah grow its arsenal from 15,000 missiles and rockets to about 150,000—many of which can precisely target any location in Israel.
AIPAC urges the United States to continue pressing UNIFIL and the Government of Lebanon to seek Hezbollah’s disarmament and reduce the threat that the Iranian proxy poses to the security of American allies in the Middle East.