The IDF has declassified aerial photographs proving an extensive, illegal military buildup by Hizbullah in southern Lebanon right under the noses of the denying UNIFIL. The UN condemned Israeli over-flights, also a violation of the ceasefire resolution. What do the photographs show?
The photographs document Hizbullah’s extensive military presence, banned by UN resolution from southern Lebanon, but nevertheless existing in about 200 villages. [Last estimate was 160 villages.] The IDF has been presenting the evidence to UN delegations and to the UNIFIL commander.
The IDF’s extensive footage, videos, and maps show the houses used for weapons storage and command and control centers, the location of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) of up to half a ton, as in the village of el-Hiyyam, only 20km north of Kiryat Shmona in Israel.
Hizbullah has about 20,000 fighters in southern Lebanon. Their mission would be to launch their up to 40,000 missiles, some of which can reach any distance into tiny Israel, and to block any resulting Israeli invasion.
IDF maps identify weapons caches about 50 yards each from schools and hospitals. Most weapons storage and command posts are within or adjacent to civilians’ homes. Obviously, Hizbullah is risking its civilians’ lives, and the villages are military cover.
The IDF believes that Hizbullah is preparing to raid into Israel.
Why does UNIFIL still deny the huge build-up? (IMRA, 7/7/10.)
The prospective scenario resembles what occurred in Gaza: (1) Terrorists embed their forces in civilian centers; (2) The terrorists raid Israel; (3) Israel attacks their armaments and troops; (4) Now, if not sooner, Hizbullah fires rockets at Israeli cities, killing many civilians; (5) As cynically calculated by the terrorists, many Lebanese civilians die during Israeli counter-attacks; (8) Now the UN springs to life, and condemns Israel, and only Israel, for civilian deaths.
The UN is a predictable tool for terrorists against Israelis. It plays along with the pretense that those villages are civilian. It will pretend outrage at civilian deaths it did nothing to prevent. Its moral outrage will be limited to one side. It will have facilitated a war of civilian casualties, instead of letting the IDF destroy Hizbullah and prevent this.
Note the combination of offense and defense, a point I often make to clarify most people’s confusion about it. A major purpose of terrorist defense is to protect its offense.
(For prior article on UNIFIL, click here )