Exclusive Ch. 2 Report: Deputy IDF chief of staff argued with UNIFIL commander in front of Haley

During her visit to Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley witnessed an argument between Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and UNIFIL Commander Michael Beary regarding the international force’s methods of dealing with Hezbollah. Haley said that she was pleased to hear both sides of the story.
Haley on the border Photo Credit: Eden Moldovsky/Channel 2 News

Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi argued with UNIFIL Commander Michael Beary in the presence of US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley during a tour of Israel’s northern border last week. The argument was about how the international force is dealing with the Hezbollah terror group.

Haley toured Israel’s northern border with Lebanon during her first visit to the country as America’s ambassador to the international body. During the tour, Haley observed an IDF drill that was being conducted in the northern region and asked the UNIFIL commander if changes need to be made in order to deal with the situation along the border better in light of Hezbollah’s growing strength. Beary told Haley that the situation is calm and that there is no need to make any changes to UNIFIL’s strategy.

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However, Kochavi told Haley that the IDF believes that changes need to be made in order to enable UNIFIL to deal with Hezbollah effectively. Kochavi said that at the moment, UNIFIL does not enter the villages and towns where Hezbollah is located. The senior IDF officer also said that Hezbollah is currently violating UN resolutions but UNIFIL cannot confront the terror group because of the international force’s current directives.

Haley said after the tour that she was happy to hear the argument and that it will influence her work in the international body.



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