Israel Urges U.N. to Secure Syrian Chemical Weapons

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel has called on the United Nations to intervene urgently to prevent the spread of Syrian chemical weapons to Hizbullah and other terrorist organizations.

Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor said Tuesday that the prospect of Hizbullah obtaining weapons of mass destruction is “frightening,” and called on the Security Council to act immediately before it’s too late.

Prosor’s comments came during a daylong debate at the international body on counter-terrorism in which he appealed for an end to the fundamental teachings of prejudice and hate which provide the fertile ground for terrorists.

“I want to take the opportunity of this debate to ask the simple question: how do we truly counter terrorism?” He posed in the hall of the Security Council. “Yes, we must combat terrorists wherever they seek to strike. Yes, we must attack terrorist infrastructure, and go after those who support and finance terrorism.”

“However, true counter-terrorism must also begin by disrupting the ecosystem of extremism in which terror thrives,” Prosor continued. “It means advancing education that teaches peace, not hate, and mutual understanding, not martyrdom. It means speaking out against incitement and all forms of terrorism, even when it is politically inconvenient.”

United States Ambassador Susan Rice warned against “complacency” as terrorist cells continue to adapt to international efforts.

“Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is a significant international threat. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and Al-Shabaab continue to sow instability and exploit safe havens in Mali, the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, destabilizing societies and obstructing the delivery of vital humanitarian relief to millions in need,” Rice said. “And transnational terrorist groups remain active in North Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and elsewhere.”

The United States recognizes that force alone is insufficient to counter an evermore diffuse terrorist community, Rice said, adding that their “capacity-building assistance” efforts to reinforce the security of its allies, and the homeland, have intensified.