UN / ISRAEL LEBANON

23-Jul-2019 00:03:35
Israeli ambassador Danny Danon said his country had “new evidence” that Iran was smuggling weapons to Hizbullah in Lebanon using civilian ports, airports, and land infrastructure and stressed that “the Port of Beirut is now the Port of Hezbollah.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ISRAEL LEBANON
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, Danon taking seat at Council table
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“The United Nations cannot stay silent when this force of chaos is destroying the principles for which it stands. Today, we have a duty to preserve the forces of order by confronting the forces of chaos: confronting terrorism; confronting extremism; confronting hateful ideology; confronting the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
6. Wide shot, Danon displacing map
7. Close up, Danon holding map
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
(starts under cutaway) “The Iranian regime is transferring weapons in various ways. And you can see it here. The Quds Force exploits civilian airports in Damascus and Beirut – civilian airports – as well as civilian land infrastructure and the Syria-Lebanon border to smuggle weapons, dual-use items and other capabilities. But today, I present new evidence: In the years 2018 and 2019, Israel found that Iran and the Quds Force have begun to advance the exploitation of the civilian maritime channels, and specifically the Port of Beirut, for this same purpose. A civilian port. The Port of Beirut is now the Port of Hezbollah.”
9. Wide shot, ambassadors
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“We simply do not have the luxury to give the Iranian regime the benefit of the doubt. Now is not the time for optimism, but the time for realism. It is the time to find partners who share our goal of confronting this force of chaos.”
11. Wide shot, delegates
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“In the face of the threat of the Iranian regime, we are each committed to restoring order in the region. It is critical that in the struggle against Iranian expansionist ambitions, all parties looked at the big picture. In the face of existential threats, Israel, the Arab world and the international community can only gain from working together. By confronting the forces of chaos – terrorism, extremism, and hostile nuclear ambitions – we can clear the path for regional peace.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Amal Mudallali, Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations:
“Taking into account Israel’s history of invasions of Lebanon, the Lebanese see these accusations as direct threats on their peace and civilian infrastructure. If the Israeli ambassador is using these statements to divert attention from the miserable situation that their occupation has created for the Palestinians, it’s not new. But, if he is using them to prepare the ground and the international community for an attack on Lebanon’s civilian ports and airport, and its infrastructure as they did in 2006, this Council should not stay silent and should uphold its responsibility to prevent Israel from launching another war on Lebanon. The last thing Lebanon and the region need now is another war.”
15. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
Israeli ambassador Danny Danon said his country had “new evidence” that Iran was smuggling weapons to Hizbullah in Lebanon using civilian ports, airports, and land infrastructure and stressed that “the Port of Beirut is now the Port of Hezbollah.”
Addressing the Security Council today (23 Jul), Danon said the “Iranian regime” was jeopardizing the region by inserting its ideology into Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, and Syria, while also financing terrorism, and hijacking the freedom of navigation in one of the most crucial shipping lanes in the world. He said Iran also continued to pursue nuclear weapons capabilities with the explicit goal of destroying Israel.

SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“The United Nations cannot stay silent when this force of chaos is destroying the principles for which it stands. Today, we have a duty to preserve the forces of order by confronting the forces of chaos: confronting terrorism; confronting extremism; confronting hateful ideology; confronting the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Danon said since the 2006 war, Hizbullah had entrenched itself in the UN peacekeeping mission’s (UNIFIL) area of operation in southern Lebanon with inspiration, funding, and weapons supplied by Iran. He said UNIFIL must be fully equipped to discharge its mandate and contribute to stability in the region.

The Israeli ambassador said Iran was transferring weapons through its Quds Force exploiting “civilian airports in Damascus and Beirut – civilian airports – as well as civilian land infrastructure and the Syria-Lebanon border to smuggle weapons, dual-use items and other capabilities.” He said in 2018 and 2019, Israel found that “Iran and the Quds Force have begun to advance the exploitation of the civilian maritime channels, and specifically the Port of Beirut, for this same purpose.”

Danon asked the Council what it was going to do about what he called the Iranian nuclear threat adding that Iran has pursued dangerous advancements in its nuclear program.

SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“We simply do not have the luxury to give the Iranian regime the benefit of the doubt. Now is not the time for optimism, but the time for realism. It is the time to find partners who share our goal of confronting this force of chaos.”

The Israeli ambassador said after years of war, mutual objectives have brought Israel and its Arab neighbours together.

SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“In the face of the threat of the Iranian regime, we are each committed to restoring order in the region. It is critical that in the struggle against Iranian expansionist ambitions, all parties looked at the big picture. In the face of existential threats, Israel, the Arab world and the international community can only gain from working together. By confronting the forces of chaos – terrorism, extremism, and hostile nuclear ambitions – we can clear the path for regional peace.”

Lebanese ambassador Amal Mudallali said, taking into account Israel’s “history of invasions of Lebanon, the Lebanese see these accusations as direct threats on their peace and civilian infrastructure.” She added, “If the Israeli ambassador is using these statements to divert attention from the miserable situation that their occupation has created for the Palestinians, it’s not new. But, if he is using them to prepare the ground and the international community for an attack on Lebanon’s civilian ports and airport, and its infrastructure as they did in 2006, this Council should not stay silent and should uphold its responsibility to prevent Israel from launching another war on Lebanon. The last thing Lebanon and the region need now is another war.”
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