In the first serious clash since their 2006 war, Lebanese and Israeli troops exchanged fire on the border in an exchange that killed four people, including two Lebanese soldiers and an Israeli army officer. It apparently was sparked when Israeli soldiers cut down a tree along the fence dividing the two countries. International relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, author of “Hezbollah: A Short History,” says it likely was an isolated incident.
“The Lebanon-Israel border has been quiet since the 2006 war, and for that matter it was nearly as quiet between 2000 and 2006. Today’s clash therefore an isolated incident. It is instructive to keep in mind that the Israeli security forces routinely shoot people who encroach on Israeli territory (or even approach it, as in Gaza), and my hunch is that the Lebanese army meted out the same response.”
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