Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, told a UN Security Council meeting in New York that the next major conflict could be sparked by rockets being smuggled across the Middle East.
Addressing a special debate on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Prosor said: “As we speak, smugglers are transporting cargoes loaded with rockets, missiles, and explosives across the Middle East. One of those rockets could spark the next major conflict. One of those missiles could trigger the next terror attack. One of those shipments could carry a dirty bomb.”
The debate took place one decade after the UN Security Council passed resolution 1540 to enforce measures against the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery to terrorists.
He added, “The world must do more to prevent dangers resulting from transferring weapons of mass destruction into the hands of terrorists, especially in the Middle East,” referring to the interception by the Israeli Defense Forces of the Klos-C ship which was carrying Iranian and Syrian-made weapons to Gaza.
“This isn’t the first time that Iran – the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism – has been caught red-handed,” Prosor said.
On Syria, the Israeli ambassador said: “This is a regime that lies in bed with Iran and sees no problem with lying to the international community. Failure to verify that Syria is complying with the elimination of its chemical weapons, could have deadly consequences if Syria’s stockpiles fall into the hands of terrorist groups like Hezbollah”. Syria has officially begun to diminish its chemical weapons stockpile, but reports of chemical attacks by the Syrian Army still continue to emanate from Syria.
In January, the IDF’s Intelligence Chief Directorate Major General Aviv Kochavi said that “about 170,000 rockets and missiles are pointed at Israel, and they are deadlier than ever.” “Many of these weapons can be fired deep into Israel’s territory,” he added, stressing that Hezbollah, the Shiite group in Lebanon, now possesses 100,000 rockets and missiles threatening Israel from its northern border. “These rockets are primarily supplied by Iran, and one of the main smuggling routes is via Syria.”