The Deceptive Quiet of the Lebanon Border

(Times of Israel) Mitch Ginsburg - On a recent tour of Israel's northern border, an IDF company commander was pointing out the thick vegetation in the deep valley of Wadi al-Ranab when, across the border, a red Isuzu jeep loaded with at least three burly and bearded men rolled into view. They stopped menacingly opposite the officer and began to take video footage of the soldiers and the civilian guests. "Hizbullah," the officer said, noting that the civilian-clad guerrillas "operate in all of these bushy areas." Their appearance in this instance was likely part intelligence work and part psychological warfare. He described the current situation as "a deceptive quiet" and said he had drilled into his soldiers the need to "go from 0-100 in a second," meaning his men understood that the situation could turn into war in an instant. "Our company's motto is War Tomorrow," he said.

2013-08-09 00:00:00

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