The United Nations Security Council has been asked by Lebanon to impose sanctions against Israel in retaliation for last weekend's attack by israeli forces against Lebanese border villages.
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MR. NAFFAH: "Israel claims to be judge and justice. But there is an international law which must be respected under all circumstances. There is also the supreme authority of the United Nation as to whom such disputes must be submitted, the Security Council. If Israel has suspicions of Lebanon being implicated in this affair, why hasn't it brought the case to the council. This question has been asked by journalists to the permanent Israeli representative. He said, according to news agencies, that Israel did not trust the Security Council. We are then under the law of the jungle. Israel owes her existence to violence and terror. If Israeli authorities truly wish to put an end to violence there is only one way; recognise the legitimate and inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people as established by international law and defined, confirmed and proclaimed many times by relevant resolutions of the United Nations."
MR. TEKOAH: "If the Lebanese Government permits Lebanon to become a lawless gangland it is obvious its neighbours will treat it accordingly. If Lebanon tramples all law into dust it cannot invoke the protection of law. If Lebanon discards its obligations of civilised international conduct it cannot expect considerate conduct towards it by others. We have come before the Security Council to point again an accusing finger at the Government of Lebanon and all others which harbour, assist and co-operate with Arab terrorist organisations and emphasise that they will not be absolved of their obligations to prevent armed attacks against Israel, whether by regular forces of by irregular terrorists bands. We have come here also with an admonition not to misjudge Israel's present attitude and mood. After twenty-six years of persistent Arab aggression the people of Israel are in no doubt that the dangers surrounding it remain grave."
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Background: The United Nations Security Council has been asked by Lebanon to impose sanctions against Israel in retaliation for last weekend's attack by israeli forces against Lebanese border villages. The call came form the Lebanese Foreign Minister. Mr. Fouad Naffah, during a debate on the Israeli raids. In reply the Israeli delegate, Mr. Yosef Tekoah, said Lebanon had allowed its territory to be used for the savage massacres of guiltless civilians, an implied reference to last week's attack on Kiryat Shmoneh.