Good job, Omelet.
You put them there, you provoked them, and now they have a license to kill IDF pilots. You turned a war with Hezbollah into a war with France. Nice work.
A week after Israel conducted the second of two series of mock air raids over French UNIFIL soldiers, France's contingent has been given permission to shoot at Israeli warplanes if the troops feel threatened, a high-ranking French military officer was reported as having said on Thursday.
A report in the Jerusalem Post said Thursday that the French contingent of UNIFIL would consider further aggressive flyovers a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
"There was a reality on the ground and it was important for us to reaffirm what we had seen and explain clearly what are the orders of the French soldiers to protect themselves," the French officer, who was not identified, was quoted as having said.
"No assurances were made to us that they [the Israeli Air Force] would stop [the flights]," the officer added. "The orders that the [French] soldiers have is that their weapons are for self-defense."
UNIFIL spokesperson Milos Strugar supported the French position, saying that according to Resolution 1701, the UN peacekeepers in Southern Lebanon had the right to use force in self-defense, even against Israeli aircraft.
Meanwhile, UN officials denied reports Thursday that Israel had trained peacekeepers to clear cluster bombs dropped across South Lebanon during the July-August war.
"Nobody from UNIFIL has been to Israel to receive de-mining training and none will ever be," said Chris Clarke, program manager for the UN's Mine Action Coordination Center in South Lebanon.
Because Israeli mine-clearing trainers have Jewish cooties.