Lebanon’s military Council says if Israel continues construction of border wall on territory Lebanon believes to be theirs, it will be acknowledged as an act of aggression against its sovereignty.
– Israeli Minister Steinitz: ‘Israel seeking diplomatic solution to all border disputes.’
By Attila Somfalvi and Nir Cohen
Lebanon’s Higher Defense Council said Wednesday it has ordered the army to prevent Israel from building a border wall on Lebanese territory.
The council also announced that if Israel does build its border wall on what Beirut views as Lebanese territory, it would be considered an Israeli act of aggression.
“We grant the army forces with the political backing to act against any Israeli aggression on the border—on land and at sea,” the council said in a statement. Continue Reading »
In reaction to what Lebanese leaders dubbed ‘a direct threat to national stability,’ Lebanon’s top three political leaders met to discuss construction of Israel’s defensive border wall and Israeli maritime waters, both disputed by Beirut as their territory.
Lebanon’s three top leaders accused Israel on Tuesday of threatening the stability of the border region between the two countries, where calm has largely prevailed since a 2006 war, amid rising tension over territorial and maritime boundaries.
President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri agreed to act to prevent Israel from building a wall on Lebanese land at the frontier, and threatening an offshore energy block in disputed waters. Continue Reading »
Two drug smugglers hit in shoot-out with Egyptian soldiers operating on Israeli and Egyptian sides of the border.
• After IDF fired warning shots, the 2 smugglers were evacuated but later succumbed to their wounds.
By Yoav Zitun
Two Israeli smugglers were killed on Tuesday morning during an exchange of fire between Egyptian soldiers and a smuggling cell with operatives on both the Israeli and Egyptian sides of the border.
Egyptian army watch tower monitors movement on its border between Israel & Egypt. – Photo: Reuters
IDF forces shot warning shots into the air and later evacuated the smugglers, who had been in critically wounded during the incident and later succumbed to their wounds. Continue Reading »
Aided with UN equipment, Islamic rebels obliterate Syrian army post annihilating its 60 soldiers, by tunneling undetected in rocky terrain – almost identical to that of the Israel-Lebanese border.
By Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
Members of the Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham, part of the Islamic Front coalition, blew up a Syrian army post on Tuesday by digging attack tunnels in rocky terrain – similar to that of the Israeli-Lebanese border – in an incident further raising fears that Hezbollah may use the same techniques.
Syrian explosion – Screenshot YouTube/Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera Arabic reported on the blast and the tunnels on Wednesday, showing how the strike was conducted on the Al Dahrouj checkpoint near Maarat al-Numaan, in the rural northern Syrian region not far from Idlib. Continue Reading »
FM Liberman supports agreement, but asks how the future Palestinian state will accommodate it’s 3 million new Arab residents from the refugee camps.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman spoke in favor of Israel-Palestinian Authority diplomacy on Sunday, while rejecting some of the PA’s key demands.
Liberman began by thanking United States Secretary of State John Kerry for his efforts to push a deal. “I want to express genuine appreciation for Kerry’s efforts, and for his stance regarding security in particular,” he said.
“Any alternative proposal that Israel gets from the international community will be worse than what Kerry offered,” he argued. Continue Reading »