UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brought an end to the 2006 Second Lebanon War, demanded that all Hizballah forces stay out of southern Lebanon and initiated the deployment of 10,000 peacekeepers to enforce that decision, lest another armed conflict with Israel erupt. A report in the Times of London on Wednesday confirmed that 1701 is a total failure.
According to the report, Hizballah today has 40,000 rockets and medium-range missiles stockpiled at bases in southern Lebanon and is currently training its forces to use them against targets in Israel. Some of the missiles are capable of reaching the Greater Tel Aviv area.
Israel, Hizballah and the UN have all acknowledged over the past year or two that the Lebanese terror group is today stronger than it was prior to the 2006 war, another indication of the complete failure of the UN mission.
A senior Israeli army official told the Times that while the border between the two countries remains relatively calm for now, Israeli intelligence suggests the situation could heat up very soon.