Lebanese Information Minister Tareq Mitri said on Wednesday that the trees cut down by Israeli troops which led to deadly border clashes with Israel "were on Lebanese soil," contradicting a statement by the UN peacekeeping force saying the trees were on the Israeli side of the shared border.What is the "blue line"?
"The trees were south of the Blue Line, but in Lebanese lands," Mitri told a press conference in Beirut, noting "the Blue Line is not the international border, and Lebanon always has its reservations about it. Yet, Lebanon has always respected the line. "
"The Israeli forces acted without coordination with the UNIFIL, which was considered a provocation by the Lebanese army," he said.
A UN-drawn border line between Israel and Lebanon after the withdrawal of the Israeli army from southern Lebanon in 2000.
The problems with the blue line?
Israel and Lebanon both have reservations with the blue line
Infact the statement from UNFIL notes that this place, where the clash took place, was disputed by Lebanon-
The UNIFIL statement added that the area where the clashes took place was a subject of reservation by the Lebanese government when the Blue Line was drawn.What this means is... the minute this arbitrary line was drawn Lebanon contested the line.
Israel was surely aware of that, since they raised concerns about other sites, but not this one.
The Israeli government had similar reservations about other sites, the statement noted.
The fact that Israel did not raise concerns about the specific site where the clashes took place indicates to me, they know they had NO legitimate claim to that area.
Therefore the cutting of the tree was a clear provocation by Israel, as was intended.
Why would Israel provoke a war with Lebanon?
Israel is expansionist, always has been. Which is why they have stolen the land of the Palestinians over these past years and the UN/world sits quietly by allowing it.
Then there is the matter of the natural gas disputed by Lebanon, and of course, water. Israel steals water from the Palestinians and would like to do the same to Lebanon.
Therefore, there are many reasons Israel would provoke this attack.
But let's get back to the border clash!
We have these disputed trees. UNIFIL implies these trees were south of the 'blue line'
Arbitrary line drawn by the UN in an area Lebanon promptly disputed.
"The tree was certainly north of Israel's own "technical fence"
Which would explain the methodology of tree removal.
Then this, which confirms the opening news story I quoted from-
Along with the fact that Israel had apparently not co-ordinated its gardening expedition with the Lebanese via the UN.
Israel did NOT coordinate the tree removal with the UN!
Gosh, why would Israel forget to do that?
Obviously Israel didn't want the UN or the world to know of their intention to provoke Lebanon?
And Israel, the country that always wants peace, NOT, was at it again yesterday.
They were at it again yesterday, tearing down more undergrowth on the Lebanese side of the fence – though south of the "Blue Line" – without any coordination with the Lebanese.
- Note they are NORTH of their own technical border!! (noting again, the methodology of removal, necessitated by the fact of the tree being on the other side of the border)
Hilariously, the UN is still investigating what went wrong. But, let's think about this:
Many UN troops mount foot and vehicle patrols along the frontier road where the shooting took place. They often spend their time trying to prevent journalists taking photographs of the great vista of Israeli countryside in northern Galilee. They can stop cameras shooting pictures, it seems. But not guns shooting bullets.
Because the UN, when it comes to Israel, is the best friend Israel ever had. Along with the US.