An attempt to manufacture a casus belli and stir up more outrage against Israel falls flat. More on this story. “Mideast: Lebanon; Beirut Confirms, No Israeli Violation,” from ANSAmed, August 4 (thanks to Insubria):
(ANSAmed) – BEIRUT, AUGUST 4 – The Lebanese government has confirmed that the Israeli army did not commit a violation in yesterday’s incident. Information Minister Tareq Mitri said in a press conference that the uprooting of a tree by Israel, which was interrupted yesterday and completed this morning, ”took place on the southern side of the Blue Line”.
Minister Mitri pointed out that ”on some locations the parties don’t agree on the course of the Blue Line” and that ”the intervention of UNIFIL”, the UN force deployed in the south of Lebanon, ”is required each time something happens or one of the two parties want to operate behind the line. What happened yesterday was an Israeli provocation” the spokesman of the Lebanese government said. ”Because when the Israeli troops started working on the other side of the fence, our troops immediately asked UNIFIL to delay the operation”….
A “provocation,” yet they were “working on the other side of the fence.”