Israeli Officers Ambushed on Northern Border: My piece for PJMedia

Here’s the article I filed with PJMedia last night. Go to the original for the links.

Israeli Officers Ambushed on Northern Border
An Israeli soldier was killed, and another wounded, by Lebanese army forces in an apparently pre-planned provocation.
August 3, 2010
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by Richard Landes

At around 1:30 pm Israel time today (August 3), an exchange of fire took place between Israeli and Lebanese forces along the border. (This map reflects the exact location of the incident.) According to Lebanese sources, the Israelis had gone over the fence and were cutting down a tree growing on Lebanese soil. Lebanese soldiers allegedly fired warning shots in the air and then at the soldiers.

Michel Suleiman, the Lebanese president, issued his own statement denouncing the clash as a violation of UN Resolution 1701 and calling on the Lebanese army to “confront any Israeli aggression, whatever the sacrifices.”

Israeli military sources assert that the work they were doing was routine; that UNIFIL was warned; and that in that place (and many other ones) the fence was deliberately placed inside of Israeli territory so that work on the other side can be conducted without trespassing into Lebanese territory.

Read the rest.

UPDATES:

Omri Ceren, “After Lebanon Border Ambush, Reuters First Out Of The Gate With Demonstrably False Anti-Israel Propaganda,” Mere Rhetoric

Robert Fisk, “Israel-Lebanon tensions flare after skirmish leaves four dead,” The Independent

Ben Cohen, “A deadly game in Lebanon,” Huffington Post

Honest Reporting, “Special Alert: Media Collusion in Lebanon Ambush,” asks about the role of media, not merely Hizbullah journalists, but Reuters and AFP photographers, conveniently there to catch an incident that arose from routine pruning along the border.

10 Responses to Israeli Officers Ambushed on Northern Border: My piece for PJMedia

  1. Israel, in any future agreement with the Palestinians, has a critical need for defensible borders. This video outlines the threats to Israel from terrorist rockets, ballistic missiles, and conventional ground and air threats from the east.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytWmPqY8TE0
    For more information visit: http://www.defensibleborders.org/security
    -Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

  2. harris says:

    UN Personal teaming up with Lebanese soldiers:

    http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-57819-8.html

  3. incognito says:

    UN Personal teaming up with Lebanese soldiers

    UN forces always go native or cooperate with the most powerful and violent local force. Why should they risk their lives for somebody else’s problems.

    And in this case you’ve got MUSLIM UN soldiers.

  4. incognito says:

    Are the Winds of War Blowing?
    Iran’s proxies attack Israel.
    BY Gabriel Schoenfeld
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/are-winds-war-blowing

  5. incognito says:

    Diplomatic officials blamed this part of the incident on UNIFIL’s Indonesian contingent and said they were concerned.
    One diplomatic source was worried about “Indonesia sympathies with the other side.”

    See what I mean?

  6. Philippe says:

    And once more, this incident reporting in European (French) media is incredibly shameful. Accordsing to them it is (of course) Israel’s fault.

  7. harris says:

    “Indonesia sympathies with the other side.”

    They were effectively acting as human shields for fighter with RPGs attacking Israeli soldier workers as one can see in the images.

    In Germany the state television ARD did not loose a word about that incident in its major news show yesterday late evening. Don’t expect an outcry from Germany about Lebanon/Hezbollah attacking Israel not to speak of a parliament resolution like the resolution they issued in the case of the flotilla incident.

  8. Eliyahu says:

    I believe it was the Olmert gang, co-starring Tsipi Livni, that authorized sending Indonesian troops for the UNIFIL.

  9. incognito says:

    Olmert and Livni are nefalim worse than Bibi and Barak.

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