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see no evil: the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s advice on fly-overs

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on November 17, 2006

Once again the French are proving surprisingly fearless and (even more surprising) effective in combating Israel’s flyovers in southern Lebanon.

French government (and, in particular, Chirac’s) support for Mustaqbal, the March 14’ers, and the Lebanese intifada more broadly has been discomfiting – sharing the United States’ suspiciously sudden interest in Lebanese ‘democracy’ and ‘sovereignty’ (why were these non-issues for the past 20+ years?), but with a hint of smug self-satisfaction that la patrie was again in a position to protect her erstwhile colony.

bravo, regardless, to the French for continuing their non-aggressive but firm insistence that the flyovers stop. and the same to the Foreign Ministry, for recognizing how counterproductive they have become. (and bravo to Ynetnews for printing such a neutral article – modeling the virtues of a free press for a region sore in need of them.) its a pity that Ministry officials have yet to realize that jets unseen are not jets unheard, and that removing them from les yeux francais will reduce the intensity of the offense, but will not put an end to it.

“Foreign Ministry: Lebanon flyovers harmful

Officials say flights resulted in confrontations with friendly nations that warn of withdrawing forces from south Lebanon; ‘if you must then fly, but make every effort not to be seen,’ they tell IDF

Itamar Eichner
Published: 11.17.06, 10:01

Sources in the Foreign Ministry warn that the continued Air Force flights over Lebanon may prompt the international community to limit Israel’s activity.

Ministry officials have recently held talks with senior IDF officers to explain the diplomatic damage caused by the flyovers, saying the flights have resulted in confrontations with friendly nations that may respond by withdrawing their forces from south Lebanon.

The officials added that the international community views some of the flyovers as sheer provocation on Israel’s part and a breach of the ceasefire.

“If you must then fly, but make every effort not to be seen,” one official told the officers.

‘Catastrophe avoided’
Meanwhile, tensions between Israel and France over the flyovers have increased in the past few days, with senior French army officers not ruling out the possibility that their forces would open fire at any IAF warplane conducting another mock aerial attack at their outposts in Lebanon.

“We believe that opening fire in such a scenario is legitimate,” a French officer recently told a foreign diplomat.

About a week ago French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said in parliament that French United Nations troops were “two seconds” away recently from firing at Israeli aircraft diving towards their position in southern Lebanon.

“Two seconds later there would have been a shot against the aircraft which were directly menacing our forces,” Alliot-Marie said.

“A catastrophe was avoided thanks to the judiciousness of our troops,” she added.”

This article can be found at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3329309,00.html

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One Response to “see no evil: the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s advice on fly-overs”

  1. intlxpatr said

    “If you must then fly, but make every effort not to be seen,”

    How French – be DISCREET.

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