Clarity Needed for Implementation of 1701

Lack of clarity regarding Israeli implementation of UN Resolution 1701 in such cases as the village of Ghajar may undermine recent Israeli political achievements.

The NY Times highlighted Israeli construction of a fence and the presence of Israeli soldiers in Ghajar village's northern side within Lebanese territory. Lebanese officials have described this as Israeli occupation and a violation of UN Resolution 1701.

The status of Ghajar, which straddles the officially recognized Blue Line border between Lebanon and Israel, remains unresolved. The conflict of perceptions regarding its status amounts to a lack of clarity regarding Israeli implementation of 1701.

The Reut Institute contends that the lack of clarity regarding Israeli implementation of 1701 in such cases as the village of Ghajar may create several problems for Israel by:

  1. Providing a pretext under which Hizbullah can renew its struggle against Israel claiming that Israeli occupation of Lebanon persists;
  2. Creating tension between Lebanon and Israel which may destabilitize the achievement of the deployment of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) in southern Lebanon under 1701;
  3. Undermining international legitimacy attributed to Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon especially considering the claim of the LAF to have recently seized weapons from Hizbullah as part of implementing 1701.

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