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Lebanon’s provocative drilling tender in Israeli waters accepted, advancing border tension

Beirut signs contract with multinational consortium to drill for oil & gas off its coast, including in Block 9 according to their maps, an area which Israel has long patrolled and defended as part of it’s territorial waters.

By Ben Ariel, Canada

 

Lebanon on Friday signed its first contract to drill for oil and gas off its coast with a consortium comprising energy giants Total, ENI and Novatek, including in a block disputed by Israel, AFP reported.

Israel says one of two blocks in the eastern Mediterranean where Lebanon wants to drill for oil belongs to it, and last week denounced any exploration by Beirut as “provocative”. Continue Reading »

Lebanon’s Defense Council orders army to stop Israel’s border wall construction

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 »

Lebanese leaders meet to address action against perceived ‘Israeli threats’

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.

By Reuters

 

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 »

Hezbollah chief warns Israel to stop construction of border wall with Lebanon

Hassan Nasrallah has warned Israel  to cease work on upgraded border wall that the IDF deems imperative in it’s overall strategy for preventing future terrorists’ infiltration from Lebanon.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah has warned Israel against continued construction of a wall along its border with Lebanon, after Beirut said the project was undermining peace.

“After liberating the Lebanese occupied territories from the Zionist enemy in 2000, the UN demarcation of the national border with the Palestinian territories left 13 controversial positions, and the Lebanese government informed the UNIFIL about its rejection for any Israeli measure in this concern,” Nasrallah was quoted by Hezbollah website al-Manar as saying. Continue Reading »

Lebanon: ‘Wonder Woman’ is Mossad Agent

Lebanese daily newspaper Al Liwaa is claiming Gal Gadot is actually a ‘Mossad agent’ who allegedly recruited Lebanese actor and director Ziad Itani to spy for Israel.

By Roi Kais

 

Israeli actress Gal Gadot was depicted as the “Mossad Agent” who turned Lebanese actor and director Ziad Itani into an Israeli spy in a story published Monday by the Lebanese daily newspaper Al Liwaa.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. – Photo: FACEBOOK

Gadot’s photo was displayed on the paper’s front page with the caption: “The officer of the Israeli Mossad, Collette Vianfi, who recruited Ziad Itani.”

Other Lebanese news websites questioned the authenticity of the picture published by the newspaper, with some claiming they made a mistake as Gadot was not the “Mossad agent” Itani was accused of cooperating with. Continue Reading »

Intimidated by Israeli presence, Lebanese army chief ditches U.S. Defense Conference

At the last moment the Lebanese Army chief, who’s already in Washington D.C., decides to boycotts a major conference of chiefs of staff from NATO + US allies, due to the attendance of Gadi Eizenkot, the IDF Chief of Staff.

By Elad Benari

 

Lebanon’s chief of staff, Gen. Joseph Aoun, boycotted a major conference of chiefs of staff hosted by the United States, which was attended by IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.

Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The conference was held at the beginning of the week in Washington, Haaretz reported. Although Aoun did not attend, army heads from other Arab countries like Egypt and Jordan, which have peace treaties with Israel, as well as Saudi Arabia, which doesn’t, did participate in the event, the newspaper noted. Continue Reading »

Lebanon: Locals arrested for spying for Israel’s Mossad

According to the Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar, one of the three Lebanese nationals arrested confessed to working with the Mossad.

By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA, JPOST.COM STAFF

 

Lebanese security forces announced Friday night that they arrested three Lebanese nationals for allegedly collaborating with the Israeli Mossad.

Watching Lebanon’s border – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

A Saturday report from the Lebanese, Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar quoted security forces as saying: “The intelligence war between the Israeli and Palestinian security services of Lebanon and Hezbollah continues, as we recently arrested a cell with three Lebanese citizens operating out of the Bourj el-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp and Deir Koubel, a Lebanese village, who were recruited by the Mossad to gather intelligence on the resistance [to Israel].”

“A Lebanese security squad managed to dismantle the cell in recent days, with three cell members who have ties to Israel and operated out of Bourj el-Barajneh,” the report read. Continue Reading »

Israel’s navy holds exercises to neutralize any surprise Hezbollah attack

In the largest IDF drill since 1998, tens of thousands of people participated from the different military branches, including reservists, to bolster their preparedness for the next war on Israel’s northern frontier.

By Yoav Zitun

 

The Navy is drilling fighting off Hezbollah naval commandos mounting a surprise attack on Israel as part of a large-scale amphibious training exercise taking place in the north this week.

Among other scenarios, the Israeli sailors faced a swarm of jet skis and small motorboats carrying Hezbollah fighters, divers and suicide bombers.

IDF NAVY drill – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The drills are designed to prepare the navy for the most extreme scenarios in any future opening of a military campaign launched by Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Continue Reading »

Next conflict with Hezbollah will force Israel to reoccupy parts of Southern Lebanon

In order to trade for a serious UN resolution that improves & maintains the security situation on its northern border, the IDF will be forced to retain & occupy Southern Lebanon when Hezbollah forces the next war on Israel.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

In the event of another war with Hezbollah, the IDF’s objective would be to occupy parts of southern Lebanon where the group has support and infrastructure, in order to force a UN resolution that improves the security situation on the northern border, a senior IDF officer said on Monday.

Thousands of soldiers from the 319th Armored Division, aka the Mapatz (“Bang”) Formation, the majority of them reservists, are currently drilling such a scenario during the second and final week of the Northern Command’s Or Hadagan exercise, the IDF’s largest in nearly 20 years. Continue Reading »

Hezbollah reports discovery of another Israeli ‘surveillance boulder’ in Lebanon

The ‘boulder’ was found in Kfar Shuba, a village in south Lebanon, and according to Hezbollah claims, it contained a thermal camera transmitting images in both day and night conditions which was ultimately dismantled by Lebanese army engineers.

By Roi Kais and Liad Osmo

 

Terrorist group Hezbollah claimed Saturday it has uncovered an Israeli spying device that had been placed inside a rock in Kfar Shuba, a village in southern Lebanon, the Hezbollah-affiliated news agency Al Mayadeen reported.

Photo Credit: Lebanese Army

The rock that allegedly held the hidden device was reported to be equipped with a thermal camera that is able to record visuals during the day and night. Continue Reading »

IDF contradicts UNIFIL General as Amb. Nikki Haley visits Israel’s border w/Lebanon

 

When Head of UN Interim Force in Lebanon explained to Amb. Nikki Haley how southern Lebanon was relatively calm, IDF chief pointed out UN’s restrictions & ‘blinders’ lead them into false security about Lebanon and Hezbollah, exposing shortcomings and disagreements about UNIFIL’s role & responsibilities.

By JOY BERNARD

 

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was exposed to an unusual dispute between the IDF and the UN regarding the security state at Israel’s northern border while she visited the area during her stay in the Jewish state last week, Channel 2 reported on Sunday evening.

While the US envoy received an official briefing at Israel’s border with Hezbollah, Maj-Gen. Continue Reading »

Lebanon PM Hariri asks UN to mediate end to “continuous violations” by Israel

 

PM Hariri, “I urge the UN secretary general to support efforts to secure, as soon as possible, a state of permanent ceasefire. This is long overdue and my government is committed to move this agenda forward.”

By REUTERS

 

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri asked the United Nations on Friday to help Lebanon and Israel move towards a permanent ceasefire and end what he called Israel’s “continuous violations” of Lebanese territory.

Israel and Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah group fought a month-long war in 2006 that concluded with a cessation of hostilities but without a formal peace deal.

From top to bottom: Snow capped Mt Herman, the Golan Heights, with Har Dov (center) and Shabba farms on its left (Underneath the snow capped mountain tops) with Kfar Ghjar village below.

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Hezbollah officer tells reporters Israel boosting its border defenses

 

As tensions rise along the Lebanese border with Israel, the Shiite terrorist group claims the IDF is fortifying its border for the next conflict.

By AFP

 

Lebanon’s Hezbollah sought Thursday to show that Israel is building up defences in anticipation of another conflict, after a string of statements from Israeli officials warning of a potential confrontation.

The powerful Shiite group, which fought a devastating war with the Jewish state in 2006, brought dozens of journalists on a rare and highly-choreographed trip to the demarcation line between Lebanon and Israel.

“This tour is to show the defensive measures that the enemy is taking,” said Hezbollah spokesman Mohamed Afif, on a hilltop along the so-called Blue Line. Continue Reading »

IDF tanks shells Hamas outpost in retaliation after two shooting incidents on Tuesday

 

An IDF tank retaliates and fires at a Hamas position in Gaza; no IDF forces injured after reporting shots fired at them along the border with Gaza.
– Gun fire was also reported on Tuesday by IDF forces along the Lebanese border near Metula in the Upper Galilee; no injuries or damage were reported.

By Ynet reporters

 

An IDF tank shelled a Hamas outpost in the center of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in retaliation for two incidents of shooting at IDF forces earlier in the day.

No soldiers were injured and no damage was reported in the shooting, which took place towards soldiers along the border of the strip with Re’im, a nearby kibbutz. Continue Reading »

IDF fortifies defenses on northern border with Lebanon

 

The IDF has begun fortifying its northern border defense by installing new fences/walls, adding more obstacles and reinforcing existing infrastructure in preparation for a possible ‘Third Lebanon War’, in which Hezbollah fighters may attempt to infiltrate into Israel.

By Yoav Zitun

 

Wednesday’s cross-border shooting incident, which is still being investigated by the Northern Command as an attack by another terrorist group, has exposed one of Israel’s weak points in a sensitive sector, the border line separating roads, orchards and Israeli settlements, mainly in the Galilee panhandle.

IDF patrols Israel's border with Lebanon - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

IDF patrols Israel’s border with Lebanon – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The IDF believes that Hezbollah will seek to exploit this weak point and attempt to infiltrate its Radwan special forces troops into Israeli territory in the next Lebanon war.

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