UPI is running a story that Israeli warplanes ran “mock raids” over Lebanon on Tuesday:
BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Israeli warplanes carried several runs of mock raids over Beirut and all Lebanon Tuesday in the second such provocative action since the war ended Aug. 14.
Lebanese army sources and witnesses said eight Israeli planes carried the fake raids over the capital, flying at a very low altitude, before repeating the same maneuver over the eastern Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border, as well as north and south Lebanon.
The army said it opened surface-to-air guns at the intruding planes over south Lebanon as Israel continued to ignore international calls to stop violating Lebanese air space in line with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701. The resolution ended the 34-day war between Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Israel, wrecking havoc in Lebanon.
The U.N. peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, UNIFIL, whose number was increased to 15,000 troops to help implement 1701, has been complaining to Israel about the latter’s repeated and almost daily violations.
Lebanon asked the United Nations on more than one occasion to put pressure on Israel to end its blunt breaches of Resolution 1701.
France, which is contributing a large battalion to UNIFIL, has been most outspoken against the Israeli violations and hinted it might take action to stop them. (http://www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?StoryID=20061031-054621-2390r)
There are several interesting aspects to this short article – not least, the casual mention of French involvement in the closing paragraph. Two weeks ago, the French UNIFIL commander told the Israelis to stop overflights or the French would take action (despite UNIFIL’s no-violence mandate). Israel said: you can’t tell us that! UNIFIL said: oh, we didn’t! the French said: oh, but we did. Overflights stopped for 48 hours, but have resumed.
Perhaps the most interesting bit is the word choice: mock raids. Word Reference, my favorite oh-help-I’m-chatting-in-French-and-want-a-broader-vocabulary instant translation site, also gives English word definitions. For mock, it offers:
|the act of mocking or ridiculing; “they made a mock of him”|
|Category Tree:act; human action; human activity
|treat with contempt; “The new constitution mocks all democratic principles”|
|Category Tree:act; move
|imitate with mockery and derision; “The children mocked their handicapped classmate”|
|Category Tree:produce; make; create
|constituting a copy or imitation of something; “boys in mock battle”|
Deride, make fun, tease, ridicule, treat with contempt: these are the characteristics of a mock raid.