Israel protests Kassam fire

Tuesday, December 26, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Israel Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Gillerman has submitted an urgent protest to the duty president of the UN Security Council strongly condemning Palestinian violations of the November 25 ceasefire. In the letter, Gillerman states that since the ceasefire took effect one month ago, 53 Kassam rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza.

“Israel strongly protests against the continued firing of Kassam rockets at its territory, despite the declared cease-fire and Israel's recent gestures to the Palestinian Authority,” the complaint read.

Gillerman explained Israel’s position saying that the protest is “to note that the continued firing of rockets is a grave assault on Israel's sovereignty and its citizenry, and to warn that it represents a serious danger to peace and security in the region, one that is liable to lead to a renewed conflagration between the sides.”

“Israel is to ask the Security Council to convey its serious protest and warning to the UN Secretary-General and to the Palestinian side, which it accuses of acts of provocation,” Gillerman wrote in the statement.

In addition, the ambassador appealed to the international community provoking them to think what they would do if they were attacked like Israel was: “No country in the world would tolerate the unceasing firing of rockets into its territory, and I point out that Israel has the right to defend itself under Article 51 of the UN Charter. Israel has shown restraint and has refrained from responding at this stage, but is to warn the Security Council that such restraint cannot continue for long.”

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