Tel Aviv's 'northern shield' operation's objective in Lebanon border

Arturo Kim
December 9, 2018

The announcement follows an Israelioperation, dubbed Northern Shield, to destroy what it said were tunnels dug by Hezbollah that reached its territory.

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing internal difficulties and he is trying to raise these issues to make up for the situation in Israel", he went on to say according to the National News Agency (NNA).

In fact, Netanyahu, who was scared of the Palestinian resistance after his defeat, has taken measures to restore his domestic image, especially since charges were brought against him about corruption and bribery.

The army also called on Israel not to carry out any work inside Lebanese territory.

Israel's prime minister is asking the worldwide community to impose additional sanctions on the Lebanese Hezbollah and condemn the militant group in response to the discovery of tunnels stretching from southern Lebanon into northern Israel.

"Everything is calm and peaceful on the Lebanese side [of the border]. The Lebanese army is ready to deal with any possible incidents".

In a statement on Thursday, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said it "visited a location near Metula in northern Israel" and "can confirm the existence of a tunnel at the location".

UNIFIL's primary mission is to enforce UN Resolution 1701, something Israeli officials routinely criticize the peacekeeping force for failing to do. "Israel's threats do not change anything, especially since residents of the border village are always threatened anyways".

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He stressed the importance of ensuring UNIFIL's full access to all locations along the Blue Line, the line created by the United Nations in 2000 to demarcate Israel's withdrawal from south Lebanon.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that "he expects the UN to strongly condemn the violation of Israel's sovereignty", according to his office's Twitter account. We passed a clear message of what we're doing and so far I can't tell you that the risk of escalation doesn't exist but I don't think it's quite as...

Lebanon's ambassador to the United Nations Amal Mudallali sent a letter to the UN Security Council accusing Israel of hacking into the country's telephone network in order to warn residents of southern Lebanon of a threat caused by Hezbollah efforts to dig tunnels on border with Israel.

The public identification of Iran isn't likely to surprise worldwide observers, but signals aggressive moves by the Trump administration to tie Iran to the rise of terrorism not just in Israel, but across the Middle East, where Iranian-backed militants continue to strike US interests and allies.

The Israeli military, which launched the operation on Tuesday, has said its activity would, for now, stop on the Israeli side of the border.

Senior political and military sources say Hezbollah had been left surprised and embarrassed by the Israeli discovery of the tunnels.

But what's significant is Netanyahu's domestic situation, which is in deep crisis, due to the change of battle rule as his minister of defense' resignation, and on the other hand because of the Netanyahu and his wife's corruption scandal.

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