Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab visited the U.N. peacekeeping force UNIFIL near the border with Israel on Wednesday as Israel calls for changes to its mission as it comes up for renewal

The peace force was “necessary and urgent” within the context of “violations by Israel of Lebanon’s sovereignty by land, sea and air,” said Diab, according to an AP report.

The visit comes as Israeli and Lebanese officials argue about the UNIFIL mandate.

Hassan Nasrallah, head of the terrorist group Hezbollah, which has de facto control of Lebanon, said on Tuesday night that the group would not let any changes to UNIFIL’s mandate be more proactive and search areas.

“They want to reduce UNIFIL numbers? Go ahead. Increase them? Go ahead. But we consider expanding its mandate an infringement on Lebanese sovereignty,” he said, according to the report.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said earlier in May that major changes need to be made in the operations of the UNIFIL peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon.

“We have seen that slowly there [are fewer] places that the troops in the peacekeeping operation can actually travel in southern Lebanon. So we want them to have full freedom of movement,” said Danon according to an AP report.

“I have discussed it with the commander of the force, and we tell them, ‘You are there, you cannot move, and you can’t inspect, so why you are there?’ ” posed Danon.

Support Jewish Journalism
with 2020 Vision

One of the most intriguing stories of the sudden Coronavirus crisis is the role of the internet. With individuals forced into home quarantine, most are turning further online for information, education and social interaction.

JNS's influence and readership are growing exponentially, and our positioning sets us apart. Most Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas. JNS is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

During this crisis, JNS continues working overtime. We are being relied upon to tell the story of this crisis as it affects Israel and the global Jewish community, and explain the extraordinary political developments taking place in parallel.

Our ability to thrive in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters. Monthly donations in particular go a long way in helping us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make during these challenging times. We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you blessings for good health and peace of mind.