In a presentation today at the Herzliya Conference, Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi, the head of IDF (Zahal) Military Intelligence, revealed how Hezbollah is using an environmental organization as a cover for its violations of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
Recent IDF (Zahal) intelligence has found Hezbollah operating out of outposts marked with the logo of Green Without Borders – an organization supposedly working to protect Lebanon’s environment by planting trees.
This past April, UNIFIL – the UN peacekeeping force in the area – was prevented from approaching a post marked with the organization’s flag by a group of Lebanese locals.
According to the intelligence, the organization’s activities is defined and partially funded by Hezbollah. As of now, the organization has established several outposts used by Hezbollah in the Western sector of the Israel-Lebanon border.
After the Second Lebanon War in 2006, in which Hezbollah launched about 4,000 missiles into Israeli territory, a ceasefire was reached between both parties.
In order to maintain peace on the Lebanese-Israeli border, the United Nations Security Council approved and enacted Resolution 1701. The resolution states:
“[The Security Council] calls for Israel and Lebanon to support a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution based on the following principles and elements:…the establishment between the Blue Line and the Litani river of an area free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Government of Lebanon.”
The resolution called for Hezbollah’s disarmament and withdrawal from Lebanon’s southern region. But Southern Lebanon remains Hezbollah’s terror stronghold. The organization is deeply rooted within the population, and Hezbollah flags can be seen near the border marking its presence in the area.