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UN Security Council Condemns Lebanese Sniper Attack on Israeli

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The acting United Nations Security Council President Gérard Araud ( France) on Monday, Dec. 16, issued a statement on behalf of the Security Council. In the statement, the Security Council labeled “deplorable” the shooting death of 31 year old Staff Sargent Major Shlomi Cohen, an Israel Defense Forces soldier, by a Lebanese soldier.  The incident occurred the day before, in the north of Israel, near the Lebanese border.

The statement by the Security Council called for “calm and continued restraint by all parties.”

On Monday, the IDF and the Lebanese Armed Forces, along with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) met in order to fully develop the facts relating to the shooting death.

The two parties, according to the Security Council statement, reaffirmed their commitment to “the cessation of hostilities” and expressed their continued commitment to preserving “calm and stability along the Blue Line.”

The Blue Line is the U.N. drawn demarcation line between Israel and Lebanon.

UNIFIL confirmed the Lebanese Government’s preliminary findings indicating that the shooting was an individual action by one Lebanese soldier.

At least the Security Council was more even-handed than many mainstream media accounts the headlines of which screamed: “Israel troops shoot two Lebanese soldiers in border skirmish,” the subheadline reading: “Shooting took place hourse after Israeli soldier was killed by Lebanese sniper on Sunday,” as found in London’s Guardian. The Times (UK) headline was “Israeli troops shoot two Lebanese soldiers in border reprisal.”

The U.N. is hopeful that calm will return to the region.  The shooting attacks violate the UN ceasefire agreement which ended the 2006 Lebanon War, U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701.

 

Have We Been Overlooking Southern Lebanon?

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

It’s relatively quiet on Israel’s Lebanon border for the moment and a good time to pay attention to the things going on their that don’t get reported outside of Israel.

Things like this matter of explosions in rural villages that have the grim misfortune of being occupied by the Hizbullah terrorist forces.

In the early morning of 17 December, a loud explosion was heard in the town of Tair Harfa in southern Lebanon… 2.5 kilometers from the Israeli border. Lebanese media did not report any injuries, and this was confirmed by the mayor of Tair Harfa…

The explosion occurred in a munitions depot belonging to Hizbullah. The building where the munitions were stored is located on the outskirts of the town near residential dwellings. There is a school about 300 meters from the munitions depot.

Immediately following the explosion, dozens of Hizbullah men sealed off the area and proceeded to erase all evidence of the incident, flattening the warehouse and removing what was left of the arms and explosives that had been stored there.

UNIFIL soldiers arrived in the area, but access to the actual site of the blast was blocked by Hizbullah. Lebanese army soldiers were also denied access to the site. This is the fourth explosion that has occurred in the last few years in Hizbullah munitions depots in South Lebanon…

UN Security Council Resolution 1701… calls for the disarmament of the Hizbullah and prohibits the storage of arms near the border with Israel. The Hizbullah’s military network in southern Lebanon includes munitions depots as well as military outposts. Most of the military infrastructure is located in populated areas, in dozens of Shiite villages in the south

The arms, missiles and explosives are stored near residential homes and other civilian buildings such as schools and mosques. Hizbullah is endangering innocent Lebanese civilians, in order to conceal its military activity in southern Lebanon, in direct contravention of UN Resolution 1701.[more]

Experience tells us no one in the international news media is going to pay any attention to yet another series of Arab-on-Arab attacks. They will rouse themselves only when Hizbullah’s well-entrenched and armed-up-the-wazoo irregulars open fire on Israel villages, towns and cities whereupon Israel will hit back.

The presence of Iran-funded and Iran-inspired Hizbullah is hardly new. A bevy of UN conventions, multilateral agreements and Lebanese undertakings mean nothing if we are thinking of disarmament and supervision (the UN’s soldiers are told by the Hizbullah that they can’t look in – and no one does anything about it).

When Hizbullah decides it’s time to open fire, there will be war, and Israel – which cannot absorb the mass damage that will follow from the firing of even parts of the vast Hizbullah arsenal of south-pointing rockets (an astounding 50,000 of them, according to a report this week) will have no military or political option other than to deliver devastation to the places from which Hizbullah is firing.

Israel’s preoccupation with the existential threat that Hizbullah poses is not widely shared in Europe. Here’s an extract from a long analysis published in the New York Times this past August:

Washington and Jerusalem insist that Hezbollah is an Iranian-backed terrorist organization with bloody hands, and that it is working closely with Tehran to train, arm and finance the Syrian military’s lethal repression of the uprising there.

Yet, the European Union continues to treat it foremost as a Lebanese political and social movement… Israeli and American officials have attributed the Bulgarian bus bombing [July 2012] that killed six people, including five Israeli tourists, to Hezbollah and Iran…

While the group is believed to operate all over the Continent, Germany is a center of activity, with 950 members and supporters last year, up from 900 in 2010 [according to] Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said in its annual threat report…

Hezbollah has maintained a low profile in Europe since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, quietly holding meetings and raising money that goes to Lebanon, where officials use it for an array of activities — building schools and clinics, delivering social services and, Western intelligence agencies say, carrying out terrorist attacks. European security services keep tabs on the group’s political supporters, but experts say they are ineffective when it comes to tracking the sleeper cells that pose the most danger…

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