UNIFIL’s Mission

There is still no concise definition for the missions, authority, and final makeup of the UNIFIL forces. “The problem does not lie in the capabilities of the armies comprising UNIFIL, but in their willingness to act and the definition of their task,” says Binyamin Amidror, an expert on military doctrines and a former head of basic combat doctrine at the General Staff. “These armies are not here to fight. An army intending to take part in warfare must be equipped with mortars and cannons and intelligence systems such as sensors and unmanned aerial vehicles, and it does not seem like they are carrying such equipment with them.”

“The task they are sent to perform depends 90 percent on intelligence, and they will have no intelligence on Hizballah. The real significance of this is that UNIFIL will serve more as a restraint against the IDF. Israel’s past experience with international observer forces and troops since the War of Independence has not been favorable. For the most part they are helpless when confronted with the Arab elements among which they operate, but they manage quite well when faced with the IDF.”

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