Miscellaneous

Update on Recent Clashes Between IDF and Lebanese Armed Forces


The most recent information on today’s clashes on Israel’s Northern border, between the IDF and the Lebanese Army, is as follows (most of which is courtesy of the excellent reporting from the journalists at the site, The Muqata, and other highly reliable sources):

The attack by the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) against the IDF was unprovoked, and took place in Israeli territory (above photo) along Israeli’s Northern border. In some areas, there is a gap between the IDF security fence and the actual border, which is where this attack took place. IDF soldiers were conducting routine maintenance work including clearing bushes from the area – activity designed to keep an open line of sight, and to prevent attacks and kidnappings like the one in the summer of 2006, which was in a similar location.

  • The IDF’s work on the fence was fully coordinated with UNIFIL
  • A Lebanese sniper opened fire towards IDF forces in violation of UN security council resolution 1701
  • The IDF retaliated with artillery and helicopter fire
  • The LAF opened fire not at the soldiers who were doing the routine maintainance work on the fence, but at the commanders who were standing nearby observing the work, which would suggest, anyway, that it was a preplanned attack not in reaction to the work on the fence
  • It is known that some elements of the LAF are influenced by Hezbollah
  • After the initial exchange of fire, the LAF requested that the IDF suspend their fire so that they could evacuate their wounded.   Roughly half an hour into the ceasefire, LAF shot an RPG at an IDF tank. They missed the tank and the IDF tank returned fire
  • IDF only opened fire in response to their soldiers being shot at and wounded
  • One IDF soldier was killed and another critically wounded
  • Three LAF soldiers were killed
  • This clash represents the most serious incident along the northern border since 2006

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  1. It’s concerning that the Lebanese feel confident enough to take on the IDF. Should we now assume they are spoiling for a fight and have presumably the backing of Hez B’Allah and Iran who will be supplying bodies, arms and training?

    Coupled with the attack in the south on Eilat and Aqaba and the intended peace talks between Netanyahu and Abbas, do we also conclude that the incidents are an attempt also by Iran to close down any possibility of successful I/P negotiations?

    It is not likely that these are just unconnected, spontaneous incidents. Watch this space carefully.

  2. Heres this photo:

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/00oD2gy02zd39?q=lebanon

    UNIFIL waiving its blue flag at Israel while Lebanese soldiers are loading their rifles and RPGs

    Indonesian UN Soldier: “What are you Muslim Brothers doing today?”

    LebOfficer: ” we are ambushing some Jews for the kill”

    Indonesian UNsoldier: “Ok, we will waive the UN flag for you as long as you allow us to watch your holy deed…deal”

    LebOfficer: “For sure Inshallah….make sure your flag is up when we’ re firing at them…..We already alerted the Arab media about the impending Zionist massacre of innocent civilians…

  3. Even Unifil assured us that they know that the ambush took place in Israeli territory.

    It was all planned out and the press was invited beforehand to take their seats. They probably had a luncheon planned. Hacking the emails of those who were there will find a written invitation from Hezbullah with a surprise package promised.