The Israeli military operation in the Bekaa on Friday night was a response to a clear violation of the cease-fire.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Israeli military operation in the Bekaa on Friday night was a response to a clear violation of the cease-fire. United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, upon which the cease-fire is based, calls for a complete arms embargo against Hizbullah, and totally prohibits arms transfers from Syria and Iran to the Hizbullah terrorists. The resolution calls upon the Lebanon Army and the international forces to be stationed at the crossing points on the Lebanese-Syrian border in order to make certain that there is no violation of the embargo and no transfer of illicit weapons and munitions to Hizbullah.

Unfortunately, so far, we have not seen such an effective deployment by the Lebanon Army and an international force at the  border. In such a situation of continuing arms smuggling to Hizbullah, Israel was forced to act to prevent a violation of the cease-fire, in order to curtail an undermining of the implementation of 1701 and  protect its citizens from a proven threat of  missile attack.

Israel cannot tolerate a situation in which Hizbullah’s long-range missile capability will be replenished and Israeli citizens will once again be the targets of barrages of Hizbullah missiles launched from Lebanese soil. Under these conditions, Israel reserves the right to act as it has, in self defense and in support of UNSCR 1701, if there are continued violations of the cease-fire in the future.