Report: French UNIFIL troops in Lebanon confront … IDF; Update: Second incident?

posted at 12:11 pm on September 28, 2006 by Allahpundit

And to think the crazy wingnuts said UN peacekeepers would do more to protect Hezbollah from Israel than vice versa.

U.N. peacekeeping forces in south Lebanon intervened for the first time Thursday with Israeli forces who arrested journalists in violation of Resolution 1701…

Members of UNIFIL’s French battalion almost clashed with Israeli troops who arrested a French journalist and a Lebanese photographer at an improvised checkpoint in the border area of Marwaheen in the western sector of south Lebanon.

A UNIFIL officer told United Press International that a French force was rushed to the location of the checkpoint and a heated argument erupted between French and Israeli officers, which lasted an hour before the Israeli troops released the two journalists.

Like Spinal Tap’s appeal, violations of 1701 that UNIFIL can and can’t respond to are … selective:

They cannot set up checkpoints. They cannot search cars or homes or businesses. They cannot detain suspects. If they see a truck transporting missiles for example, they cannot stop it. And they cannot staff check points with the Lebanese Army because they do not know each others procedures…

And so if there was any thought that the multinational forces would disarm or restrain Hezbollah, or search for hidden weapons caches, the commanders on the ground say very clearly that is not their job. Those responsibilities, they said, will depend on the political will of the government.

Israel’s pressuring them to be more aggressive. Against terrorists, I mean. They’ve already got aggression towards Israeli troops at checkpoints down pat.

Speaking of the UN, the U.S. is set to support one of the Muslim candidates for UN Secretary-General. No doubt this’ll earn us all kinds of crazy goodwill on the Arab street. I’m sure he’ll be a fair and impartial broker in international affairs, too. Much like, say, Mohammed ElBaradei is.

Update: New from the AP — “Little Pressure on Hezbollah to Disarm.”

Update: Ynet’s got news of another confrontation between French troops and the IDF, and this one sounds nothing like the first. Are the French getting, um, froggy?

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“almost clashed with IDF forces”

Don’t you mean ” almost surrendered to DF forces”?

Tony737 on September 28, 2006 at 12:27 PM

If your surprised that the fracking French pick a fight with the Israelis as opposed to the jihadis, raise your hand



The europeans are blind to anything the Jihadis do but watch the Israelis with a microscope

Defector01 on September 28, 2006 at 12:29 PM


That’s because the French Poodles are scared to death of jihadis and they know the Israelis aren’t gonna shoot at them. They’ve seen what jihadis living IN FRANCE are capable of doing. Just imagine what they’d do to Pierre in Hezbollastan!

Tony737 on September 28, 2006 at 12:37 PM

Maybe the UN should be moved to Palestinian Territory. That seems to be their great focus lately and would boost the local economy. US and other nations are already pumping tons of money into the region so what’s another building. Then it can either fail or succeed along with the Palestinians.

MRegine on September 28, 2006 at 12:38 PM

Ummm… I’m confused… how does arresting Journalists violate 1701? Even journalists are not supposed to go certain places, especialy to monitor Military manuvers…

The Israelis, under 1701 are withdrawing, BUT, if they still have troops in Leb, which they do as they withdraw, then they can enforce security.

Its also interesting that the French Military immediatly knew about this… a bit… convenient…

Romeo13 on September 28, 2006 at 12:41 PM

I find it interesting that the Frenchies are more willing to defend Lebanese territory than their own country. If this confrotation had taken place in Paris, the IDF would be marching down the middle of the city of lights unscathed. Vive le IDF!!

Rick on September 28, 2006 at 1:12 PM

You mean UNIFIL isn’t there to give support to Hezbollah?

Who knew?

CrazyFool on September 28, 2006 at 1:49 PM

Sounds like they are doing their job in fracking with the Israelis while being deaf, dumb, blind and stupid about the hezzies

Defector01 on September 28, 2006 at 1:53 PM

(a truck with missiles loaded to the top, bearing a hezbollah label on the door is stopped by the french Unifil troops.)

French Unifil Trrops: “Are those missiles in that truck?”

Hezbollah: “Yep.”

French Unifil Troops: “Are you going to, I dunno, shoot them at Israel?”

Hezbollah: “Eventually. Would you please get out of the way Jacques, we have missiles to store.”

French Unifil Troops: “Well, we’re filing a report. So, um, carry on I guess.”

Hezbollah: “Hey, why don’t you make yourself useful and go get in front of those Israeli tanks over there.”

French Unifil Troops: “Are they oppressing you?”

Hezbollah: “Like you wouldn’t believe. Thanks Jacques, allah-be-praised and whatnot.”

Tman on September 28, 2006 at 2:03 PM

Oh brother.

RD on September 28, 2006 at 2:06 PM

This is just the beginning. (Somebody get ol’ Jacques into the retirement community, please.)

RD on September 28, 2006 at 2:12 PM

Damn french should be hung up by there gay little mustaches.

Kramer on September 28, 2006 at 2:32 PM

And to add to the “Some things never change” file I found this.
Different war, same old New York Times

Enemy bombers appeared over XXXXXXXX for the first time in the current war, inflicting damage on schools and hospitals. Invading planes failed to cause any damage on military establishments, although casualties in the schools and hospitals were as yet unknown, This inhuman attack on these cultural establishments and on residential districts is causing widespread indignation among the populace….Nine of the attacking planes were shot down and the rest repulsed by heavy anti-aircraft fire.

I removed the references to where this attack took place just so you have to visit the link and read it for yourself.

LakeRuins on September 28, 2006 at 2:46 PM

Reuters reporters AKA Hezbo operatives? Just asking..

BTW, the French can NOT surrender this week. They havent had the grand reopening of the burned out white flag factory outside Paris yet..sheeesh..dont you guys keep up? :)

labwrs on September 28, 2006 at 4:13 PM