Following attacks on Israel’s northern border more than 45 years ago, when Ariel Sharon was Israel’s leader, the Israel Defense Forces invaded Southern Lebanon in 1982.

The result of Israel’s 1982 incursion into Lebanon was the creation of a buffer zone inside Lebanon , which absorbed most of the attacks from the north.

However, attacks from the north did not cease for a moment.

In May 2000, with Israel Prime Minister Ehud Barak at the helm, the Israel Defense Forces conducted a unilateral retreat from the buffer zone in southern Lebanon.

However, that did not stop missile barrages on all parts of Israel from Southern Lebanon, until , in July 2006, the situation evolved into yet another war between Israel and Lebanon.

What curtailed the war in 2006 was UN resolution 1701, adopted in August 2006 , which established a new cease fire, with UN forces deployed between Israel and Lebanon, with a new commitment from Lebanon to cease and desist from cross border attacks.

Yet UN 1701 created no mechanism to enforce that cease fire, especially because a “hudna”, the Arabic term used for this kind of truce , represents little more than a “respite in war” between Islamic & non-Islamic forces. Indeed, the authoritative Islamic Encyclopedia (London, 1922) defines “hudna” as a “temporary treaty” which can be approved or abrogated by Islamic partners to the “hudna”.

Since the passage of UN resolution 1701, open intelligence sources confirm that Lebanon created more than 100,000 sites to deploy missile batteries, embedded in the Lebanese population, aimed at all parts of Israel population

Fast forward to 2024. Lebanon now fires thousands of missiles at Israel. Upwards of 100,000 civilians – Jews, Arabs, Christians and Druze- who live in the northern region of Israel – have been evacuated from their homes until the missile attacks stop.

Two major cities in northern Israel , Metulla and Kiryat Shemoneh have virtually emptied out

The Israel Defense establishment saw this coming when the IDF withdrew from the security zone in southern Lebanon.

Confirmation of massive missile batteries deployed in and around Lebanese villages occurred in September, 2006.

Israel’s response so far to the missile barrage from the north has been to locate and attack leaders of the Hizbulla, the faction of the Lebanese regime which claims responsibility for the attacks on Israel.

The reality is that targeted attacks on Hizbullah leaders has not deterred attacks from Lebanon.

That leaves Israel one option: To launch attacks against missile batteries embedded in the Lebanese population.

The consequence: That will cause massive casualties. Israel will once again be accused of a genocidal attack against a civilian population.

Jews in Israel and abroad are not ready for this scenario.

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.