UNITED NATIONS Oct 15 Iran is providing
Hezbollah militants with financing, training and sophisticated
weaponry in an attempt to transform Lebanon into an "outpost for
terror," Israel's U.N. ambassador said on Monday.
Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah claimed
responsibility last week for the launch of an unmanned drone
which Israel shot down earlier this month after it flew 25 miles
(55 km) into the Jewish state, saying the aircraft's parts were
manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon.
"Iran has provided Hezbollah with the funds, training and
advanced weapons to hijack the Lebanese state and transform it
into an outpost for terror," Ambassador Ron Prosor told a U.N.
Security Council debate on the situation in the Middle East.
"One does not need any further evidence that Hezbollah is a
direct proxy of the Iranian regime," he told the 15-nation
council. "Hezbollah's continued provocations could have
devastating consequences for the region."
Tensions have increased in the Middle East with Israel
threatening to bomb the nuclear sites of Hezbollah's patron Iran
if diplomacy and sanctions fail to stop Iranian nuclear activity
the West says is meant to develop a weapons capability. Tehran
says it is seeking only civilian nuclear energy.
Iran has threatened in turn to strike at U.S. military bases
in the Middle East and retaliate against Israel if attacked.
Indirectly taking a swipe at the U.N. peacekeeping force in
southern Lebanon, Hezbollah's traditional stronghold, Prosor
said the group has amassed significant military capabilities in
"I know that there is no shortage of those willing to
express their 'commitment to Israel's security' in these halls,"
"Yet displays of commitment to Israel's security have been
difficult to find over the past six years as Hezbollah has
turned southern Lebanon into one giant storage facility for
Hezbollah, a powerful Shi'ite Muslim militant and political
group backed by Syria and Iran, was established with the help of
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps after Israel's 1982
invasion of Lebanon.
Hezbollah last fought Israel in 2006 during a 34-day war in
which 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 160
Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed.