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Israel: Iran, Hezbollah control new Lebanese government, claims Netanyahu02:46

Israel: Iran, Hezbollah control new Lebanese government, claims Netanyahu

Israel, Jerusalem
February 3, 2019 at 15:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Iran "controls" the new government of Lebanon via Hezbollah, during an address to a United Nations delegation in Jerusalem on Sunday. He made the remarks ahead of the delegates' tour along the Lebanese border where Israel says it has uncovered Hezbollah infiltration tunnels.

The Israeli prime minister described Hezbollah as a proxy of Iran, claiming that the idea it had simply joined the newly-formed Lebanese cabinet was a "misnomer."

"Iran has proxies. One of them is Hezbollah. Hezbollah just joined the government of Lebanon - that's a misnomer, they actually control the government of Lebanon, and that means that Iran controls the government of Lebanon," he stated.

Netanyahu stated that Israel would "stop all the aggression," whether from Lebanon or Syria or from Iran itself.

"Israel is very, very advanced in combating terrorism, in using intelligence and other sophisticated means to fight terrorism," he stated.

"We're committed to preventing this aggression, and in so doing, we're not only protecting ourselves, Israel itself, but also protecting our neighbours and world peace," Netanyahu added.

The Israeli prime minister told the ambassadors that there was an "absurd" imbalance between the UN's focus on Israel and on other areas of the world.

This year there have been "20 resolutions against Israel, and just six against other countries," he said.

The new Lebanese government was announced on Thursday, after a nine-month-long deadlock, with Hezbollah controlling three ministries, including the Health Ministry.

Mandatory credit: Israeli GPO

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Iran "controls" the new government of Lebanon via Hezbollah, during an address to a United Nations delegation in Jerusalem on Sunday. He made the remarks ahead of the delegates' tour along the Lebanese border where Israel says it has uncovered Hezbollah infiltration tunnels.

The Israeli prime minister described Hezbollah as a proxy of Iran, claiming that the idea it had simply joined the newly-formed Lebanese cabinet was a "misnomer."

"Iran has proxies. One of them is Hezbollah. Hezbollah just joined the government of Lebanon - that's a misnomer, they actually control the government of Lebanon, and that means that Iran controls the government of Lebanon," he stated.

Netanyahu stated that Israel would "stop all the aggression," whether from Lebanon or Syria or from Iran itself.

"Israel is very, very advanced in combating terrorism, in using intelligence and other sophisticated means to fight terrorism," he stated.

"We're committed to preventing this aggression, and in so doing, we're not only protecting ourselves, Israel itself, but also protecting our neighbours and world peace," Netanyahu added.

The Israeli prime minister told the ambassadors that there was an "absurd" imbalance between the UN's focus on Israel and on other areas of the world.

This year there have been "20 resolutions against Israel, and just six against other countries," he said.

The new Lebanese government was announced on Thursday, after a nine-month-long deadlock, with Hezbollah controlling three ministries, including the Health Ministry.

Mandatory credit: Israeli GPO

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