Israel violates the Lebanese airspace with a potential intention of launching airstrikes against Syria, a political analyst tells Press TV.
In a Friday interview with Press TV, Elias Farhat lashed out at the UN for emboldening Tel Aviv by keeping silence over Israel’s aggression against the Lebanese airspace.
“As long as the Israeli warplanes are violating the Lebanese airspace without any response or any reaction from the United Nations and from the UNIFIL (the UN Interim Force in Lebanon), which is in South Lebanon, Israel may use the Lebanese airspace again to launch an aerial attack against any other target in Syria,” he said.
“Lebanese government has to raise this issue with the Security Council because Israel uses our airspace to attack a third country which is an aggression; an act of aggression using our airspace,” the analyst stated.
Farhat pointed to Israel’s attack on a research center near the Syrian capital, Damascus, on January 30, and warned that if the Israeli violation of the Lebanese airspace continues, similar attacks against Syria can be expected in the future.
On Thursday, at least 12 Israeli warplanes violated Lebanon’s airspace, conducting several illegal flights over the country.
Lebanon's military often reports airspace violations by Israeli aircraft but does not usually open fire on them. The Israeli military claims the flights serve surveillance purposes.
The airspace violations, which are reported on an almost daily basis, contravene the United Nations Security Council's Resolution 1701, which ended the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006.