Following are comments made at an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting on the crisis between Israel and Lebanon.

  • Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman: "Israel had to respond to this absolutely unprovoked assault whose scale and depth was unprecedented in recent years... Israel's actions were in direct response to an act of war from Lebanon. Although Israel holds the government of Lebanon responsible, it is concentrating its response carefully, mainly on Hezbollah strongholds, positions and infrastructure."

  • Lebanese Ambassador Nouhad Mahmoud: "Israel's disregard of the calls made by the Lebanese government [for negotiations] is clear evidence of the escalatory intentions of the Israelis and their determination to kill and destroy, thus implementing the scorched earth policy for which they are known."

  • U.S. Ambassador John Bolton: "We have repeatedly made clear to Lebanon and Syria our serious concern about the presence of terrorist groups on their soil and the periodic attacks against Israel from groups and individuals in southern Lebanon. All militias in Lebanon, including Hezbollah, must disarm and disband immediately and the Lebanese government must extend and exercise its sole and exclusive control over all Lebanese territory."

  • Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari (speaking outside the council chamber): "Unfortunately the behavior of the American delegation is not the behavior of a big power, responsible for maintaining peace and security. It is about degrading [a] deteriorating situation and encouraging Israel to go ahead with its aggression against Syria and maybe someone else in the area."

  • French Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sabliere: "By its magnitude and its nature, the Israeli response threatens to annihilate Lebanese government efforts to revive the country's economy and restore its authority throughout its territory."

  • Ghanaian Ambassador Nana Effah-Apenteng: "The Middle East crisis revolves around the Palestinian question, which boils down to the achievement of an independent and viable state for the Palestinians within internationally recognized boundaries."

  • Slovak Deputy Ambassador Michal Mlynar: "We believe there is still a window of opportunity for the Palestinian and Israeli governments to put the peace process on the right track."

  • British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry: "Our priority must be to calm the situation, support the moderates on all sides, and create conditions for a peaceful, diplomatic resolution. Focusing on finding fault will not help us in that endeavor."