Netanyahu Blasts U.N. Over Hizbullah Weapons Smuggling

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused United Nations peacekeepers on Sunday of failing to enforce a resolution to keep Hizbullah terrorists from smuggling weapons into Lebanon.

In a phone conversation with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Netanyahu said that a resolution ending the Second Lebanon War in 2006 was “not being implemented,” and that the peacekeepers, known as the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), “aren’t reporting on weapons smuggling into southern Lebanon.”

Netanyahu “expressed sorrow” for the death of a Spanish U.N. peacekeeper caught in IDF return fire after a Hizbullah missile attack on an Israeli patrol killed two soldiers and wounded seven. He said he had agreed with Spain to jointly investigate the circumstances.

In his remarks to Ban, Netanyahu accused Tehran of trying to widen the conflict against Israel, and protested that “until now the world community has not pointed an accusatory finger at Iran, which was behind the attack on the northern border.”