5338291_ME1 HUMINT - the story behind the IAF-German incident

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ME1 HUMINT - the story behind the IAF-German incident
Date 2006-11-01 00:21:49
From bhalla@stratfor.com
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Last week an incident occurred between the IAF and a German ship
patrolling the Lebanese coast near Naqura, a border village between
Lebanon and Israel. On 25 Oct. an Israeli spokesperson presented her
country's version of the incident. She said two Israeli jets spotted a
helicopter flying over the border area without making its identity clear,
in accordance with standard procedures. The jets intercepted the
helicopter without opening fire on it. The helicopter immediately landed
on a ship raising a German flag.

On the same day, the Germans issued a different version for the incident.
A German military spokesperson said that an Israeli jet opened fire near a
German ship patrolling the Lebanese coast. He added that six Israeli jets
appeared in the area of the operation of the German ship. One jet opened
fire twice, and another fired a decoy missile for the suppression of the
German ship's defenses.

My informant says the two versions play down what actually happened.The
German navy has noticed, since it started its patrolling of the Lebanese
coast, that the Israeli navy and air force continue to provoke their ships
and treat them as if they were irrelevant. The German commander of the
naval group has sent several warnings to the Israelis requesting them to
respect the Lebanese air space and territorial waters and not to interfere
with the mission of his ships.

The Israelis have persistently ignored the German requests. As of 23
October German ships switched on their radars and started to jam Israeli
areal communications.The Israelis responded by firing decoy missiles; an
Israeli ship later fired a real missile, but the Germans jammed it and it
exploded in the sea. Since then, the IAF has ceased to fly over the area
of operation of German ships.


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