Israel’s violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty is not something new. A month ago the chief of UN Interim Force in Lebanon filed a complaint to the Israeli army as it is breaching UN Resolution 1701.
A few months earlier this year, Israel licensed a company to exploit an area for oil and gas near disputed borders between Lebanon and Israel. Just a few weeks ago Israel sent a Greek oil exploration vessel into the Lebanese waters, after which President Michel Aoun held a meeting with Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col, UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), asking for an investigation on this matter.
On December 22, Israel decided that it is acceptable to violate Lebanon’s land and airspace! The Israeli army fired missiles into Syria launched from Sidon, a city in the south of Lebanon.
LBCI reported that Elias Bou Saab, the caretaker Defense Minister, asked the international community to intervene, stating that these violations of Lebanon's sovereignty are very dangerous and must stop.
He stated in a tweet, "I read the report of the Lebanese army on the Israeli aggressive violations of the Lebanese airspace yesterday, which targeted Syria through the Lebanese airspace. This flagrant attack is condemned and rebuked and I call on the international community to intervene to prevent these repeated attacks on Lebanese sovereignty and to assess the extent of its gravity.”
اطلعت على تقرير الجيش اللبناني عن الخروقات الاسرائيلية العدوانية للأجواء اللبنانية يوم امس والتي اسهدفت سوريا عبر الأجواء اللبنانية، ان هذا الاعتداء السافر هو مستنكر ومدان وادعو المجتمع الدولي للتدخل لمنع هذه الاعتداءات المتكررة على السيادة اللبنانية و تقدير مدى خطورتها.— Elias Bou Saab (@EliasBouSaab) December 23, 2019
Israel is not respecting the UN Resolution 1701. It is continuously violating the blue line and the UN has not taken any measures to stop this desecration. The question remains, what can the Lebanese authority do other than tweet their condemnation about these violations?