Photo Credit: Nati Shohat / Flash 90
View of the Israel-Lebanon border from Israel's Western Galilee. April 2015.

Northern Israeli residents are worried about new observation posts built by the Lebanese Army which have sprung up along the border. In Lebanon, to speak of the Lebanese Army in many ways is also to speak of Iran’s proxy group, Hezbollah.

The group has grown from a terrorist organization into a powerful guerrilla military force trained, equipped and funded by Iran. It fields cabinet ministers and parliamentarians from a mammoth political machine that has prevented the country from electing a new president for more than a year.

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Although built by the Lebanese Army it is clear the new watchtowers, situated on the Lebanese side of the border, can see into Israeli towns and kibbutzim as well as Israeli military bases on behalf of Hezbollah — if not with its own personnel.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 – the cease-fire agreement that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War – prohibits weaponry in this area, which is supposed to be a demilitarized zone.

The watchtowers provide a bird’s eye view of what is happening in Israel’s military and civilian fields and roads as well. But the Israeli army is monitoring the situation, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. “There is no change in the security situation,” said a military spokesperson on Monday (May 23).

It took barely a month to build the towers, according to a resident of Moshav Zar’it who spoke with Ynet and who said three such watchtowers are within sight of nearby Kibbutz Admit.

Another overlooks Kibbutz Hanita, according to security coordinator Erez Adar, who told Ynet the structure is less than a third of a mile away. “We are worried about getting shot at from the tower as it’s so close.

“While the Lebanese Army may be the ones in the tower for now, it’s clear that during the next war, these positions will be manned by Hezbollah.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Shouldn't Israelis at some point hold their political leadership, i.e., it's Prime Minister, responsible for entrusting Israel's security to the UN? It allowed tens or hundreds of thousands of missiles into Southern Lebanon and, now, these.
    Shouldn't Israelis at some point demand a Jewish-based Constitution, regional constituency elections, a separation of Powers, & all of the other political reforms necessary to allow the vast majority of Israelis to be heard for the first time since the country's inception? Instead of a democratically elected dictatorship that functions at the whim of its Prime Minister.
    Note that if the PM wants to strike down something from the extreme Left-wingnut High Court or the Knesset, the PM has that power. The High Court can then step in & strike that. Then, the Knesset can strike that. There is NO responsible party in Israel's political system, the worst in the western world.
    See "Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall," by Professor Paul Eidelberg.

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