38 British watchtowers span Lebanon’s borders: Who are they really watching?

Ostensibly built to monitor ISIS, the UK erected dozens of watchtowers along the Lebanese-Syrian border. But ISIS is long gone, so who are they really watching?



  1. “The Lebanon juts into the Mediterranean south of Tyre, where the rocks form an ascent to the top of the mountain; hence the Talmudic name  (= “the ladder of Tyre”; Yer. ‘Ab. Zarah i. 9; ‘Er. 80a; Beẓah 25b; comp. the Κλίμαξ Τυρίων of Josephus, “B. J.” ii. 10, § 2).
    At the time of Joshua, the Lebanon was inhabited by the Hivites and Giblites, and though it formed a part of the land assigned to the Israelites it was never conquered by them (Josh. xiii. 5; Judges iii. 1-3). In the time of Solomon, the Lebanon district seems to have been in the possession of Hiram, King of Tyre (I Kings v. 6; II Chron. ii. 8). Nevertheless, Solomon appears to have erected buildings in the Lebanon (I Kings ix. 19; II Chron. viii. 6).
    The “smell of Lebanon” is spoken of in Hosea xiv. 7 and Cant. iv. 11, and by the Talmudists. “At the arrival of the Messiah, the young people of Israel will exhale an odor like that of Lebanon” (Ber. 43b). Lebanon is referred to as “Eden” by Ezekiel (xxxi. 16), and Isaiah speaks of the “glory of Lebanon” (Isa. lx. 13). It is for this reason that “Lebanon” is taken by the Prophets to designate Jerusalem (Isa. x. 34; Zech. xi. 1), while the Rabbis understood it to refer to the Temple of Jerusalem, supposing that it was so called because it cleanses Israel of sin (lit. “it whitened their sins”; Yoma 39a).”
     From the je wishencyclopedia website.

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