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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Summary of briefing on today's firefight in Lebanon with IDF Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich

This is a summary of a briefing with IDF Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich regarding today's firefight in Lebanon. The briefing took place about an hour ago.
Today's unprovoked attack by the Lebanese army against the IDF, took place in Israeli territory along Israeli's Northern border. In some areas, there is a gap between the IDF security fence and the actual border, which is where this attack took place. IDF soldiers were conducting routine maintenance work including clearing bushes from the area. This sort of activity is crucial to keep an open line of sight, to prevent attacks and kidnappings, like the one in the summer of 2006, which was in a similar location.

This crucial work was fully coordinated with UNIFIL, and there was nothing unique about it.

A Lebanese sniper opened fire towards IDF forces in a clear and blatant violation of UN security council resolution 1701.

The IDF retaliated with artillery and helicopter fire.

IDF intelligence is investigating if this was premeditated attack.

The LAF opened fire not at the soldiers who were doing the routine maintenance work on the fence, but at the commanders who were standing nearby observing the work. This indicates that it was a preplanned attack not in reaction to the work on the fence.

We estimate 4 casualties on their side.

Some parts of the LAF are influenced by Hezbollah

After the initial exchange of fire, we were requested to suspend our fire so that they could evacuate their wounded. roughly half an hour after we suspended our fire, LAF shot an RPG at one of our tanks. They missed the tank and our tank returned fire.

IDF only opened fire in response to our soldiers being shot at and wounded.

This is the most serious incident along the northern border since 2006.

Official Casualty Statement:

Lt Col (res) killed: Dov Harari.
Critically wounded (res) company commander (Captain).

Other indications that the attack was premeditated:
  • Three Lebanese casualties were LAF troops, but the fourth was a reporter for al-Akhbar, a Hezbullah-affiliated newspaper.
  • The presence of photographers in the area.
  • The presence of UNIFIL forces in the immediate area.
One of the things the IDF suggested what that some of the LAF troops were Hezbullah terrorists in LAF uniforms. It's not clear to me why they believe that.


At 7:34 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The LAF and Hezbollah are one and the same.

And the Stupid Jews still refuse to get it through their thick skulls that UNIFIL did nothing to prevent Lebanon from assaulting the IDF and that in fact watched it from the sidelines!

These are the folks Israel is being asked to entrust its security to in Yesha?

Dream on!

At 7:42 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Israel should select a very high ranking hezbollah leader and level his home.... Hopefully he will be there with his entire family...

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

I've been out all day and just opened my browser. The Yahoo headline says:

Israeli and Lebanese troops engage in cross-border skirmish

and when you click on it, the headline that pops up with the story is:

Lebanese-Israeli border flares up

Apparently, the Lebanese are saying that 1) the IDF was on Lebanese territory and 2) the incident did not include any Hezbollah people.

So, the IDF spox needs to release position imagery ASAP if they've got it. And they need a powerpoint with location marked (I saw a description of the set up, but it needs a simple map).

I stopped cussing when I had my kids, but I feel the words returning to my mouth when it comes to these murderous thugs and the press.

At 9:42 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

And remember, Assad needs a Hariri tribunal diversion again. They do this every time.

At 11:22 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

The arabs have learned that there is no real penalty for violence..

This must change...

Every time there is an attack, it should be responded to in an IRRATIONAL, DISPROPORTIONATE WAY..

Just like teaching a dog, as Pavlov taught, it's conditioned response...

They sniper and murder a Lt Col? without pause, level a General's HOME....

They shoot a Kassam that lands in a field?

Hit an electrical substation.

If they hit a building and no one injured?

Level a Government Building in the middle of the night..

If they KILL or Injure?

Hit the building in the day... No notice.

If they try to make propaganda by broadcasting it?

Take out the towers...

Stop screwing around...

it's time to embrace the concept of TRAINING DOGS...

Pavlovian Theory of Conditioned Response...

Learn it, Use it, Embrace it...

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

OK. Here's a photo in a Wyoming newspaper, which may or may not be actually connected to this incident...


The Hebrew news video later on Israel Matzav show a map of the roadway, the fence, and then a swath of land over to another fenceline that is still inside Israel's territory. Is that where this is? And now I see that IDFspox has posted a diagram... which would mean (surprise!) that the AP caption on the Wyoming photo saying that the IDF is cutting a tree "on the Lebanon side of the border" is wrong. If that's right, I would be happy to call the Wyoming paper and tell them. You never know... they just might be willing to use this to call out the lying press (see jounolist).

I can't find a map in my google search that shows where Adaisseh, Lebanon is. However, the search did show Adaisseh in regard to a story earlier this year concerning SCUDS being shipped in to Hezbollah.


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