Lebanese Navy Aiding IDF (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/11/12)
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IDF naval forces are reportedly cooperating with their Lebanese
counterparts to prevent foreign ships from approaching Israeli waters.
Naval officials say that Lebanon ahead of Land Day last month
increased its naval patrols and barred ships from approaching
Beirut´s defacto maritime boundary with Israel.
It was also reported Lebanon has assisted Israel in driving away
fishing boats that approach Israeli waters with the result. Officials
say, as a result, that "significantly fewer" such ships now approach
Israel and Lebanon have no official ties, but the two nation´s
militaries intermittently discuss security concerns and coordination
It is not clear whether UNIFIL is the "international body" through
which Israel is relaying information to Lebanon about boats
approaching its territory.
Jerusalem reportedly expects flotillas organized by anti-Israel
activists to seek to violate its territorial waters in advance of May
15, which Israel´s Independence Day.
On that day, which Arabs in the region terms the "Nakba," or
catastrophe, large and often violent anti-Israel protests are
In recent years, marches aimed at violating Israel´s sovereignty by
breaching its borders have also become the norm.
Lebanon´s still-powerful opposition has brought intense power to bear
on the government of Prime Minister Najib Mikati to ensure security
incidents do not occur on the Israeli frontier.
They charge the Hizbullah terror militias – which refuse to disarm
and step aside for the army – have pursued an independent foreign
policy in the name of ´resistance´ against Israel that has resulted
in unwanted and devastating wars with the Jewish state.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/11/12)
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