How stupid to these apes think we are? UNIFIL knew about the operation. The army knew about it. Everyone knew. The great disappointment for them is that Israel did not take the bait and open a full scale war against them, which puppet master Iran greatly desires. As the Iranian economy continues to collapse under the weight of their rather expensive nuclear weapons program, shrinking investment in oil and gas production, a manufacturing sector that is being taken over by the Republican Guard which further hobbles private investment, and sanctions that appear to actually be hurting, all while the threat of military action by Israel with the blessing of Sunni Arabs constantly looms, Iran needs something to give. It has invested quite a bit in Jizbullah and would like to see a return on that investment.
A conflict with Israel would accomplish several things. It would divert the attention of the IDF, it would be a show to the region that Iran has the cojones to take action against the "Zionist Entity" while the Arabs don't, and most important for these sick, genocidal nutbags...they could kill Jews.
I think the smart play is not to become embroiled in a war with Lebanon, but perhaps take care of a few of these scumbags Dubai style.
So sure, military higher ups in Lebanon knew this sniping would take place. I would contend that there isn't anyone in the Lebanese government or military that can take a dump without Syrian and Iranian permission. They want a war on Lebanese soil. Be careful what you wish for...you just might get it.
Coming after Shabbat, a little chat about the nutbags at VIPS and their latest attempt at seeking relevance.
Shabbat Shalom everyone.