IDF map of Hezbollah positions revealed as fabrication

View of Lebanon as seen from the Israeli side of the border, November 10, 2016. (Doron Horowitz/FLASH90)

Times of Israel
IDF map of Hezbollah positions revealed as fabrication

A map of southern Lebanon released this week by the Israeli military that ostensibly showed Hezbollah positions, infrastructure and armaments along a section of the Israeli border was a fabrication, the army admitted Thursday.

The map, tweeted by the army Tuesday, appeared to feature over 200 towns and villages, which the IDF said the organization had turned into its operations bases, along with over 10,000 potential targets for Israeli strikes in the event of a new war with the terror group.

“This is a war crime,” the army asserted in its tweet.

A caption on the photo claimed that it had been “declassified,” in what was construed as an IDF attempt to build a case for future military action, and a warning to the terror group itself, demonstrating Israel’s superior intelligence-gathering capabilities.

But on Thursday, based on an analysis by Twitter user JudgeDan48, it emerged that the map had in fact been prepared by the IDF spokesperson’s desk. The ostensible demarcations of Hezbollah positions were in fact patterns of dots, positioned on the map of southern Lebanon.


An IDF spokesperson admitted the graphic was an “illustration” that had been misrepresented as a piece of declassified intelligence.

“The illustration reflects how Hezbollah has positioned its terrorist infrastructure within the civilian arena,” the spokesperson told The Times of Israel.


According to a Channel 2 report Tuesday, the illustrative map has been shown to practically every foreign diplomat visiting Israel, to demonstrate that while Hezbollah may be heavily embroiled in the Syrian civil war, it continues to arm for conflict with Israel, while embedding itself ever deeper in the civilian population near the border.

Hezbollah has accused Israel of attacking its installations with airstrikes twice in the last two weeks. While Israel hasn’t confirmed its involvement, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday that the military has been working to keep chemical weapons out of Hezbollah’s hands.

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  1. So the Israelis lied their socks off in order to give an excuse for more murder and mayhem. What’s new? Remember Iran and Net the Nut’s childish picture of a bomb with it’s fuse lit? Israel has been lying for a century, why would they stop now after the lies and deceptions have been so successful?

  2. “An IDF spokesperson admitted the graphic was an “illustration” that had been misrepresented as a piece of declassified intelligence”… other words they lied as they do, concocted the whole story, official lies with a stamp of approval “shown to practically every foreign diplomat visiting Israel” because the truth traces global organized crime and international terrorism to their very roots and they know it …. the blame game they have played it to its death…there is no-one they can blame anymore, the world has wised up

  3. Obviously, it’s a long way from Natanyahu’s cartoon at the UN; however, the BS fed to ‘foreign diplomats’ now is very close to that fed to UN diplomats then. Same BS, different a–hole!

  4. Hezbollah works with Syria, Russia & Iran to eliminate all Syrian terrorists, which strengthens Assad and facilitates a return to quasi-normalcy. Bibi & Co. don’t like that, since they still seek to eliminate Assad. Thus, Bibi & Co. exaggerates the threat of Hezbollah (which seeks return of the Golan Heights to Syria).

    Russians teamed with Bibi & Kosher Nostra (and Republithug U.S. intel guys) to elect Trump. Russia & Israel (and Mideast others) can still do a grand bargain to eliminate ALL terrorists in Syria & Mideast and to protect the national security of Israel from internal & external threats (which would involve return of Golan Heights to Syria and recognition of a ‘Palestinian’ state).

    If Putin, Bibi, Trump & others support such a deal (yet to be negotiated), then Mideast citizens can live in peace; and Mideast rebuilding & infrastructure development can begin. Pipe dream?

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