Together they viewed the damage caused by Hizbullah rockets in Haifa.

 FM Livni meets with Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland


Jan Egeland views Haifa home hit by Hizbullah missile (Reuters)

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni met on Wednesday (July 26) in Haifa with Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and together viewed the damage caused by Hizbullah rockets in the city. The Foreign Minister stressed that, beyond what is happening in Lebanon, it is important for the world to know that the residents and population centers of northern Israel are being subjected to constant attack. Twice during the course of the visit, warning sirens sounded.

FM Livni reemphasized that Israel has no conflict with the people of Lebanon, and that it is our responsibility to defend our citizens. She added that it is our expectation that the international community help the Lebanese government to confront the Hizbullah in order to enable Israelis and Lebanese, to live in peace in the future. Israel and the international community share mutual goals and the understanding that in order to achieve a better life for Israel and for Lebanon, Hizbullah must be dismantled and the Lebanese government must exercise its sovereignty all over the Lebanese territories. The international community must also work to implement its own decisions: United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559 and, more recently, those of the G-8, and the EU.

FM Livni said that while Israel is targeting Hizbullah, which may unfortunately result in the loss of civilian lives, Hizbullah is targeting Israel’s cities in order to target civilians and population centers. Israel expects the international community to recognize this crucial difference.

With regard to the accidental killing of four UNIFIL soldiers in Lebanon, FM Livni emphasized that Israel would never instruct its soldiers to deliberately target UN forces. “It is not part of our policy and it is not part of our values. Unfortunately, when we have to target Hizbullah during a war, these kinds of accidents can happen. I would like to take this opportunity to send our condolences to the families and to the states that send these soldiers.” She added: “What I expect from Kofi Annan and the United Nations is an understanding is that we are  on the same side, fighting terrorism. We are facing the long arm of Iran in the region.”