The IDF recently uncovered a sixth illegal observation post established by Hezbollah near the Lebanese border, in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. The illegal post was established under the auspices of an environmental organization called “Green Without Borders,” although a peek at the GWB listing on the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR), shows it as operating in Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa.
Last July, Israel’s UN envoy Danny Danon presented photographs of another five illegal posts, but to date no action has been taken to remove them.
An officer in the IDF Northern Command told reporters on Monday that the newly exposed post is located near the village of al-Adisa, about one kilometer from the border, inside Lebanon’s territory, opposite Kibbutz Misgav Am. According to the same officer, the post claims an affiliation with GWB but is, in reality, a Hezbollah military observation post, monitoring IDF activity on the Israeli side of the border.
“There are no birds and no forests there,” the officer said. “Hezbollah is building a military infrastructure along the fence, and its armed men are moving and watching the Israeli border. This is a military infrastructure under civilian guise,” he said.
The IDF Spokesperson added that “Green Without Borders” is a “fictitious association.”
Our friend Elder of Zion reported in June 2017 that a blog calling itself Green without Border ran two articles about planting trees together with Hezbollah, as did several Hezbollah websites and that’s the last anyone has heard from the group until this week.
Elder cited the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) which stated that while “Green Without Borders” members have planted trees in the area, it “has not observed any unauthorized armed persons at the locations or found any basis to report a violation of resolution 1701.”
Well, all that has changed now, with the clear IDF documentation of the “green” folks earning their keep by birdwatching Israeli soldiers.
UNSC Resolution 1701, issued after the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, prohibits all armed militias from operating anywhere in all of Lebanon (“no weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that of the Lebanese state” and “full implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, and of resolutions 1559 and 1680, that require the disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon, so that, pursuant to the Lebanese cabinet decision of July 27, 2006, there will be no weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that of the Lebanese State”).
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with then Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who told him that the “ball is now in the court of the government of Lebanon” to ensure no armed militias operate in southern Lebanon.”
Oh, Tzipi, a grateful salutes you – that’s the nation of Lebanon, obviously.
As of February 2009, many key points in Resolution 1701 remain insufficiently addressed. In a special report, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon mentions that “Hezbollah continues to refuse to provide any information on the release or fate of abducted soldiers, and places conditions and demands for the release that are far outside the scope of resolution 1701.”
Ban’s report also points out that Hezbollah has replenished its stock of rockets and missiles in South Lebanon, and is now in possession of 10,000 long-range rockets and 20,000 short-range projectiles.
Current estimates are closer to 150,000 missiles, with Iranian GPS guides that make them accurate and capable of destroying entire Israeli population centers.