write to draw your attention to an alarming development in our region. On 17 August 2013, several mortar shells were
fired from Syria near the Israeli town of Keshet, in grave violation of the
1974 Separation of Forces Agreement. Despite
the IDF’s repeated warnings, mortar shells continued to be fired into Israel. Only after the third shell landed did the IDF
fire a warning shot.
provocations occurred just as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was wrapping up his
visit to our region. At the very moment that he was seeking to further the
dream of peace, Israelis received yet another reminder of the reality of war.
has repeatedly issued warnings and sent letters to the Security Council
cautioning that these sorts of provocations will not be tolerated. Israel cannot be expected to stand by as
Assad’s reign of terror results in shells raining on our citizens.
The continuous attacks on our border
have the potential to escalate an already tense situation and further
destabilize the region. Israel has shown maximum
restraint thus far. I urge the Security Council to address this
development immediately before the situation further escalates.
I should be grateful if you would
have this letter distributed as an official document of the Security Council. I
wish to inform you that an identical letter has been sent to H.E. Mr. Ban
Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Allow me, Excellency, to renew to
you the assurances of my highest consideration.