A spokesman for the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon said that since the current situation along the Israel-Lebanon border is “very sensitive” both sides have been holding meetings “almost on a daily basis… The dialogue is open. No one has ever walked out.”
Former liaison officer with the UN’s Interim Force in Lebanon tells French newspaper how, “the Lebanese Army would prevent us [UNIFIL] from posting observers. …Everyone knows that Hezbollah is using [preparing] the area for the next war.” – WATCH IDF video: 5 Ways Hezbollah Violates UN Resolution 1701
The UN force in Lebanon has accused Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army of hampering their work, which includes spying on the peacekeepers, in a report due to appear on the website of French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, on Friday.
The report quotes a chief warrant officer for the French contingent as saying during an interview: “In the evening we never leave the barracks because the Lebanese forces are not friendly. Continue Reading »
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 »
IDF officers presents UNIFIL with intel establishing a senior officer in the Lebanese army, operating in south Lebanon in a command position, is acting as an agent for the terror group Hezbollah. – Israel’s ambassador to the UN: “We expect UNIFIL to act against Hezbollah in light of this unambiguous information.”
By Itamar Eichner
Israel has informed the UN peacekeeping mission in south Lebanon that a senior officer in the Lebanese army, who presides over a command position near the country’s border with Israel, is using his position to advance interests of the Hezbollah terror group in the area.
Revised Security Council Resolution now requires supplemented UN forces to demonstrate a robust physical presence on the ground, to now enter every village and to report, in real time, Hezbollah’s violations of Security Council Resolution 1701.
By Nitsan Keidar
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, on Wednesday welcomed the adoption of a new UN Security Council resolution regarding the mandate of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
According to the decision made upon the annual renewal of this mandate, UNIFIL is now required to expand its reports to the Security Council and take deliberate action against Hezbollah’s violations. Continue Reading »
As the UN Security Council considers renewing mandate of what appears to be an impotent peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, the US, with Israeli recommendations, propose granting UNIFIL greater powers to monitor Hezbollah and fulfill its responsibilities under its original mandate.
By Itamar Eichner
Israel and the US are gearing up to launch a new initiative aimed at expanding the powers and responsibilities assigned to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in its monitoring of Hezbollah, as the UN Security Council prepares to discuss this week the renewal of its mandate.
Map is made by Thomas Blomberg using the UNIFIL map, deployment as of July 2006 as source.
U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Nikki Haley stressed how United Nations’ forces must do more to prevent the acquisition and distribution of illegal weapons, which are “almost entirely in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.”
By Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday urged the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon to step up efforts to prevent the spread of illegal weapons in southern Lebanon, which she said “are almost entirely in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.”
Haley made clear in a statement that the United States is seeking “significant improvements” to the force, known as UNIFIL, when the U.N. Continue Reading »
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.
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 »
Experts say Hezbollah terrorists regularly patrol along the border with Israel, openly filming IDF movements and they’ve have taken over Shi’ite towns with total freedom of movement – despite the UN forces, UNIFIL.
By Tova Dvorin
The Lebanon-Israel border has been relatively quiet over the past several months, with no incidents recorded since January.
Hassan Nasrallah – Reuters
But another war could be on the way – and it will cost billions of shekels, experts say.
Military Intelligence officials, the IDF, and the defense establishment are all preparing for an inevitable full-fledged war with Hezbollah, Walla! News reports Tuesday – due, at least in part, to the increasing boldness of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Israel’s FM Lieberman offered his condolences to his Spanish counterpart on peacekeeper’s death, explaining how Israel holds Hezbollah responsible.
Spain on Wednesday appealed to the UN asking the international body to launch an “urgent” probe into the death of a Spanish peacekeeper near the Lebanese border earlier in the day.
IDF evacuating injured IDF soldier after Hezbollah attack on Israel, 28/01/15 – Photo: AFP
A UN peacekeeper from Spain was killed in Lebanon on Wednesday in an exchange of fire that ensued between Israel and Hezbollah, following an attack by the Lebanon-based terror group that left two Israeli soldiers dead. Continue Reading »
Yaalon’s comments were made during a tour of the Jordan Valley.
“This is a serious incident and the Lebanese government and the Lebanese army are responsible for this,” he declared, adding that there had been a meeting on Monday between the liaison officers of the Lebanese army and the IDF, attended by members of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), during which the Lebanese army reported the findings of its investigation of the shooting incident. Continue Reading »
The European Union’s designation of Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization has cast a new light on the tussles between the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the armed Shi’ite movement.
A Hezbollah official told the Financial Times last week, “People are not going to accept you living among them and calling them terrorists.”
Gerald Steinberg, a professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University and the head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday, “The reports of increased friction in southern Lebanon are not surprising after the European Union belatedly added Hezbollah to the list of terror organizations.”
According to a late-June UN report, the EU has thousands of military personnel as part of the 10,656-member force UNIFIL mission.
Just as Syria’s crisis is escalating tensions, rumors of an EU withdrawal from Beirut are heard and Hizbullah begins applying pressure.
From Il Giornale, sent to Arutz Sheva in translation by the writer.
By Hon. Fiamma Nirenstein
It really would not be a good sign if UNIFIL, the UN Peace Force on the border between Lebanon and Israel, pulled out now, while tensions have heated up due to Syria’s tragedy and all that goes with it.
UN lookout at the Quneitra Crossing between Syria and the Israeli Golan Heights – Photo: AP
The EU is apparently threatening to withdraw its soldiers (it nonetheless denied it after a Kuwaiti newspaper disclosed the news) and these rumors were extremely detailed.
Again, UN peacekeeping forces that Israel depends on to keep its borders peaceful are under-maned, under-equipped, & under-trained to actually have to deal with performing their duties.
The peacekeepers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) are increasingly coming into hostile and even violent contact with the Hezbollah terrorist militia near the Lebanon-Israel border. The Lebanese troops who had taken control of the border after the last war in 2006 have largely been redeployed as a result of mounting tension on the country’s eastern border due to the ongoing Syrian civil war.
UNIFIL peacekeepers in southern Lebanon – Israel Today
Taking advantage of this power vacuum, Hezbollah has entered the area in force, and is daily confronting the blue helmets of UNIFIL. Continue Reading »
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