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  • A wall decorated with graffiti is seen at Kfar Kila village near the Lebanese-Israeli border, southern Lebanon.

    A wall decorated with graffiti is seen at Kfar Kila village near the Lebanese-Israeli border, southern Lebanon. | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 February 2018
Opinion

Lebanon warned they are ready to take action against Israel’s plan.

Israel’s planned border wall with Lebanon was denounced as an “act of aggression” by  Lebanon's top council of political, military and security heads Wednesday.

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The Higher Defense Council, headed by President Michel Aoun, held a meeting to discuss the latest threat by Israel.

“A decision was made to give orders to counter any Israeli attempt to build a wall along the Lebanese border as well acting on all levels to counter Israeli statements surrounding Block 9,” the council said in a statement, also referring to a gas and oil exploration block in the Mediterranean.

The statement also warned that Lebanon is ready to take action against Israel’s plan.

"We grant the army forces with the political backing to act against any Israeli aggression on the border—on land and at sea," it said.

Lebanon has asserted that Israel’s wall would pass through its territory, violating its sovereignty. Israel has said it only cuts through the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

According to Aoun, the planned wall would cross Lebanese borders at 13 different points.

The last time Israel intercepted Lebanon’s border was in 2006, when it invaded the country with the aim of taking out Lebanese Shia resistance movement, Hezbollah. Israel ultimately failed, thanks to both Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army’s efforts.

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