Israel cautions against UN plan to redraw border

Sunday, August 26, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israeli officials are strongly opposed to a Lebanese proposal being considered by the United Nations that would see border between the two nations redrawn in an apparent effort to appease Hizballah and other terrorist organizations.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to send a cartographer in the coming weeks to inspect the area known to the Arabs as the Shabaa Farms and in Israel as Mount Dov.

Lebanon and its terrorist militia Hizballah claim the area is sovereign Lebanese territory. Israel insists it is part of the Golan Heights captured from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War. The UN originally sided with Israel when in 2000 it officially confirmed that Israel had withdrawn from all Lebanese territory.

But last summer's war between Israel and Hizballah has caused Western powers to pressure Israel to surrender the territory in order to placate Hizballah and bolster the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.

An Israeli defense official who spoke to The Jerusalem Post said that redrawing the border now would harm Israel's national security by encouraging Hizballah and other groups to continue attacking the Jewish state in order to win additional concessions.

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