Tuesday, September 26, 2006

ROE, a la UN Farce

As Ha'aretz reports, "[Israeli] Defense Minister Amir Peretz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday that the Israel Defense Forces' withdrawal from south Lebanon is being delayed until rules of engagement have been agreed upon with the international peacekeeping force."

According to Ynet, however, ground troops will withdraw and the IAF will just keep on keepin' on with the aerial sorties.
Among the issues to be discussed will be the apparatus for dealing with issues in real time and the method of joint reporting and investigating of every unusual incident.

This is to say, the UN's presence in Lebanon is known to be a farce, so there's no reason to believe anything will change now. Either UNIFIL agrees to cooperate with Israeli intelligence or the IDF can't hand over "guard duty" to forces more interested in the photo op than the real op. The Washington Post has a suprisingly good analysis of the situation. Even the Lebanese and Hezzies are waiting to see what precisely UNIFIL is up to here.

Read more on the uselessness of UNIFIL at the EU Referendum.


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