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Amb Prosor to Security Council 16 February 2012

Amb Prosor to Security Council 16 February 2012

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15 February 2012Excellency,I write in regards to the terror campaign that Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah, have launchedagainst Israeli targets around the world in recent weeks, spanning from Thailand to India,from Bulgaria to Georgia to Azerbaijan. This campaign bears the unmistakablefingerprints of the Iranian regime and the highest echelons of the Hezbollah leadership.Their actions constitute a clear threat to the security and stability of Lebanon, to theMiddle East, and to the many countries that have been targeted.In each of these instances, Iran and Hezbollah have sought to harm innocent civilians andhave flagrantly violated the sovereignty of Member States. In New Delhi, a bomb wasattached to an Israeli diplomat's car last Monday, just seconds after she dropped off her two young children. The explosion of this device injured her and several innocent bystanders. On the same day, another explosive device was discovered in Tbilisi under the car of Israeli Embassy personnel. Last Tuesday, Iranians in Bangkok wereapprehended carrying explosive devices similar to those used in New Delhi and Tbilisi.These are not isolated incidents. Iran has long employed international terrorism as a pillar of its foreign policy, often using Hezbollah as a proxy to stage attacks. Let me stress thatIran orchestrates these attacks, directing Hezbollah through the Iranian IslamicRevolutionary Guards, specifically the Al-Quds Brigades. Numerous Member States andregional organizations have recognized Iran and Hezbollah as partners in terrorism.Another Hezbollah terrorist plot in Bangkok was uncovered last month in which two of Hezbollah’s Lebanese operatives entered Thailand using passports from other countries.When they were discovered, this Hezbollah cell was already in the advanced stages of  planning multiple attacks against Israeli targets, including sites frequented by tourists.Hezbollah operative, Hussein Atris, confessed to this plot – and led the Thai authorities toan enormous cache of explosive material. Tragedy was only averted because of the ThaiAuthorities’ quick and effective response.In 2011, several plots to execute acts of terrorism against Jewish and Israeli targets inAzerbaijan and Turkey were brought to light. Numerous other Hezbollah plots againstIsraeli and Jewish targets were exposed in 2008 and 2009, including in Egypt, Turkeyand Azerbaijan, where an attack on the Embassy of Israel was planned.

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