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January 19, 2014 3:55 pm

Israeli Flags Seen Flying Over Lebanon Cause a Stir Among Local Residents

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For the first time since the Second Lebanon War, Israeli flags are again flying over Lebanon, but this time not because of an IDF takeover of the region, but as part of a film set, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported on Sunday.

Dozens of military vehicles, armored personnel carriers, soldiers in Israeli uniforms, guard posts and checkpoints over which were hung Israeli flags were hurriedly set up over the weekend, Ma’ariv said. Once completed, the film is scheduled to be aired on Lebanese television, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the weekend’s shooting schedule attracted curious onlookers from both sides of the Israeli-Lebanese border, many of whom were simply amazed and slightly dazed by the developing sight before their eyes, Ma’ariv reported.

What on earth would the IDF be doing hundreds of meters into Lebanese territory? some wondered.

A resident of Israel’s northern town of Metula, Einat Lev Ari, had this to say about the surreal experience: “I was out on a morning walk with my sister and we could not believe what we were seeing. I thought I must be imagining things. Had the border been moved a few hundred meters into Lebanon?”

Einat’s fears were allayed a few hours later when she, “heard gunshots and explosives… and realized that it was all part of a movie that was being shot in front of our houses.”

Ramsey, a local who works right on the Israel-Lebanon border was similarly thunderstruck, observing that, “It seemed like a dream… Since 2000 Israeli flags have not been seen on the other side [of the border]. All of a sudden, the IDF has reappeared in full force, with guards, security towers, patrols and movements of armored personnel carriers.”

Meanwhile, the real IDF is keeping close tabs on the filming, having stationed a group of soldiers and Hummers across from the set, Ma’ariv reports.

At some point, Metula Mayor Herzl Boker popped by the border fence to get a firsthand look at the movie magic being created near his fair city, Ma’ariv reported. Boker was pleased that the location was chosen as the site for shooting the film, saying that, “We do not know who is behind this picture and it is unclear what the film is about… but as long as they are filming here, all is well. The Lebanese border is developing into [a regional] Hollywood and now Metula can also be Hollywood […].”

Despite the generally positive reception by local residents, a few locals have expressed fear that the entire enterprise, so close to the border fence, may be little more than an elaborate ruse.

“Go figure if this isn’t anything more than a Hezbollah cover for some other activities that they may be hatching… It’s a cause for concern and we hope that the story here is as innocent as it appears to be at this moment,” a local resident told Ma’ariv.

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  • Mitch Slot

    Just freaking great! Ok, let’s see… In addition to some of the very real concerns already voiced here about the possible (international) media coverage of possible Israeli “atrocities”; has anyone even/yet thought about the consequences (both intended & unintended) of the staging of Israeli “deuce” gear, including but not limited to uniforms, weaponry, vehicles and other materiel organic to a small sized IDF combat unit, on the enemy side of the border with Lebanon? I recommend that extra caution be placed in assuring that NONE of this gear winds up being used down the road in a tactic best titled, “The Ultimate Fake-out”! I know it sounds like a WWII movie plot (used countless times), but in this day and age, Israel cannot afford to cede any advantage to her plethora of enemies. This Jewish former US Marine’s imagination certainly isn’t half as strong as…oh I don’t know, let’s say Al-Qeada?! Just sayin!

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  • Mel Sherwood

    Hasn’t it occurred to anyone that this may be an elaborate propaganda effort by Hezbollah/Syria/Iran the purpose of which will be to convince the media/world
    that Israel has invaded Lebanon and is committing atrocities?!

    • moshe


  • Geoff

    They were better off when the Israelis were in Lebanon. Just look at the mess that country is in, with a weak government and Hizbollah terrorists in charge.

  • Michael Collins, Esq

    He He. Most film production companies have Jewish / Israeli connections. A really good cover story.

    • Golum

      Movies in the spy biz???….anyone ever hear of…. “ARGO F— Yourselves!!!”

  • art frank

    Surprised the hezbully savages didn’t go bonkers and start “honor” killings.

  • Bernard Ross

    too bad it wasnt real. barak screwed israel

    • Mireille Mechoullam


      You are absolutely right concerning Barak, so was Ehud Olmer. These 2 guys don’t anything about the mentality of the Arabs.