DFM Ayalon met today with Peruvian Defense Minister Rafael Rey, and called on the international community to condemn yesterday’s aggression against Israeli soldiers.
(Communicated by the Bureau of Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon)
Today, (Wednesday, 4th August), Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon met with the Defense Minister of Peru, Rafael Rey, at the Foreign Ministry, as a follow-up to a meeting last year between Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Defense Minister Rey in Lima.
The Deputy Foreign Minister praised the warm relations between the two nations which began when Peru voted to support United Nations Resolution 181, the vote for the establishment of a Jewish State. The ministers discussed economic cooperation, the situation in the region and Latin America, and discussed the issue of the Iranian threat.
The Deputy Foreign Minister said that the international community is united around the fact that Iran cannot continue with their current behavior. "The sanctions initiated by the United Nations and complimented by other nations are biting and could force the Iranian leadership to buckle under constant and concerted pressure," Ayalon said.
Ayalon also spoke about yesterday’s events on the northern border. "The sequence of events on the northern border was blatant and clear-cut," the Deputy Foreign Minister said. "Firstly, the IDF was carrying out routine work within Israel’s sovereign territory, recognized by the United Nations as within the ‘Blue Line’. This activity was coordinated with UNIFIL and the Lebanese were given several hours advanced notice. During this routine activity Lebanese forces ambushed our forces with sniper fire, killing one of our soldiers and seriously wounding another. Our soldiers were forced to defend themselves. There is no question that the IDF were within Israeli territory and that Lebanese forces fired first."
"We call on the international community to immediately and unequivocally condemn the flagrant and premeditated attack on our soldiers who were engaged in legitimate activity. This is a test for the international community and the United Nations in the eyes of the Israeli public. It is important that the international system is not perceived as biased and rigged against Israel. It is vital that the Israeli public hear loud and clear that aggression against Israel will never be tolerated. This trust is vital for what we hope will be the upcoming resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians."