In reference to our letter of 8 June 2004 and in reply to the accusations put forward by the Chargé d’affaires of the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations in his letter dated 8 June 2004, I have the honour to transmit to you herewith a list of Israeli violations and acts of aggression committed against Lebanon during the period from 16 May to 13 June 2004, which is a clear indication of the provocative military operations conducted by Israel on land and sea and in the air (see annex).
It can be seen from the said list and the many that have preceded it that these violations and acts of aggression are near-daily occurrences.
The fact that Israel chose the only incident that occurred during the night of 7 June 2004 and presented it in a negative light to the Council, describing it as an act of aggression against an Israeli warship, which, according to statements by the spokesman for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), was cruising in Lebanese territorial waters — an incident in which, moreover, no one was injured — is misleading. That incident cannot in any way constitute grounds for the air raid carried out by Israel in the Na`imah hills, a few miles from the airport of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, nor can it justify all the acts perpetrated before and since 7 June 2004.
The reference in the Israeli Mission’s letter to the potential grave consequences of this limited incident for Israeli civilians or UNIFIL troops is exaggerated to the point of defying comprehension by any rational being. Such dangers are nothing in comparison to the daily threats occasioned by Israeli aircraft laden with bombs and missiles that fly and break the sound barrier over the UNIFIL bases situated in Lebanese territory and over the heads of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese civilians. These dangers, moreover, cannot match the dangers to which Lebanese fishermen navigating in Lebanese territorial waters are constantly exposed when they become the targets of heavy machine-gun fire from Israeli warships or the dangers inherent in the near-daily random shelling by Israeli field artillery of the villages of Shab`a and Urqub and other villages of the South inhabited by civilians. What can be said, furthermore, of the persistent refusal by Israel to provide UNIFIL with the rest of the maps indicating the location of the mines which were laid by the Israeli army in Lebanese territory and constantly endanger the lives of the Force’s personnel and Lebanese civilians?
The allusions, in the letter addressed to you by the Israeli Chargé d’affaires, to a Syrian Arab or Iranian role in sponsoring what Israel claims to be terrorism are slanderous lies designed to justify the State terrorism practised by the Israeli armed forces against the population of the territories under their occupation, a practice engaged in by the Israeli State against the inhabitants of territory occupied by it for more than 22 years, after which it was forced by the resistance to withdraw. You are aware that the international community distinguishes between acts of terrorism, which target civilians, and acts of resistance to foreign occupation.
The Israeli Government’s constant accusations, threats and acts of aggression against Lebanon are part of a policy to keep the region in a state of permanent instability so as to enable Israel to refuse to implement Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973); to evade its international commitments; and to shun peace efforts, including the Arab peace initiative and the road map. These facts are not unknown to the Security Council.
Lebanon will continue to inform you of all further violations and acts of aggression committed by Israel, however numerous, for they reveal the true face of Israel in its aggression against our country and show the restraint evinced by the Lebanese as well as the suffering endured by them as a result of Israel’s actions.
Lebanon reserves its right to call for a meeting of the Security Council to discuss these acts of aggression whenever it so deems appropriate.
I should be grateful if you would have the present letter and its annex circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda item 37, and of the Security Council.