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Letter Ambassador Prosor to Security Council 17 August 2011

Letter Ambassador Prosor to Security Council 17 August 2011

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17 August 2011Excellency,I write again to draw your attention to the escalating fire of rockets and mortars at Israelfrom the Gaza Strip.Since I last wrote to you on 8 August 2011, a rocket and some six mortars have beenfired into southern Israel. On 15 August 2011, a rocket launched from Gaza exploded inthe immediate vicinity of Be’er-Sheva — the largest city in southern Israel and the homeof nearly 200,000 people. It is only by chance that these most recent attacks did not causecivilian casualties. With rockets continuing to rain down on our major cities, Israelcannot and will not rely on good luck to defend its citizens. Israel has exercised and willcontinue to exercise its right to self-defense, as appropriate, and will take all necessarymeasures to protect its citizens.Israel holds the Hamas terrorist organization fully responsible for all attacks emanatingfrom Gaza, where it remains in de facto control. So far, Palestinian unity is a virtualreality. In the real world, Palestinian rockets continue to be aimed at kindergartens,homes and hospitals in Israel.The attacks of the past week continue a troubling escalation of these acts of terrorism,which deliberately target Israeli civilians and alter the fabric of their daily life. In the past month alone, some 29 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israeli communities.From schoolyards to backyards, all areas of Southern Israel are under constant threat of attack. Indeed, an entire generation of children is being raised under the specter of ever- present rocket fire from Gaza, which Israel withdrew from completely in 2005.While the world talks about an alleged humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Hamas smugglesMercedes-Benz sedans and designer clothes into the area. However, it is not only luxurygoods that are smuggled into Gaza, but also first-class missiles. The illegal smuggling of arms fuels the violence that continues to flow from Gaza. Preventing this illegal activityis an integral part of Security Council resolution 1860, but receives hardly any attentionfrom the international community. H.E. Mr. Hardeep Singh PuriPresident of the Security CouncilUnited Nations New York 

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