‘IDF turned off Galilee’s rocket warning system’

Western Galilee residents left fuming at IDF’s decision to temporarily deactivate rocket warning system. Army says assessment suggested only ‘slim chance’ of fire


As explosions were heard Monday night across the western Galilee and smoke filled the skyline, one thing remained missing – an air raid siren.

Ynet learned Tuesday that the IDF decided to temporarily deactivate the warning system following intelligence assessments suggesting that the likelihood of rocket fire at the northern border was slim. Yet in spite of those assessments, two Katyusha rockets were fired on the western Galilee Monday night, luckily with no casualties.

Meanwhile, a Lebanese security official told the media that the Lebanese army found two improvised rocket launchers in an open area between the villages of Ramish and Ein-Eival. He noted that a battery and stopwatch were also found.

Northern town chiefs sought out GOC Northern Command Major-General Yair Golan to ask why they had not received an early alert of the rocket fire.

As a result, it was soon revealed that the system, which is supposed to trigger the alert when a rocket launch is identified, was not operational Monday night.

IDF officials explained that the system operates under the current situational assessments. Apparently the relative quiet of the last two years on the Israeli side of the border, and the lack of intelligence warnings to the contrary led to the decision to turn the system off.

The military is not expected to escalate its first response – artillery fire at the sources of the rocket fire – and for now, will only increase its intelligence gathering missions in Lebanon.

‘Reminders of 2006’

Hezbollah denied any connection to the Katyusha fire and is expected to make an official announcement later in the day. Residents of the town of Aita al-Shaab said that they heard the rocket fire and the IDF response some 50 minutes after the rockets were fired.

“The explosions reminded us of 2006 when the entire village was destroyed during the war between Israel and Hezbollah.”

The Lebanese army confirmed that the rockets were fired from southern Lebanon but said they did not know who was behind the attack. “We know a rocket was fired from the Ramesh area and are looking into the matter,” said the army spokesman.

Lebanese Army and UNIFIL forces have been carrying out patrols in the launch areas as in the place where the artillery fired by Israel in response landed. A UNIFIL official said that the circumstances surrounding the fire were being investigated.

One of the Katyusha rockets exploded near the border just after midnight. There were no casualties but some buildings sustained damages. A second rocket did not explode and was only located on Tuesday morning.

  1. #1 by B.Benhamid on 11/29/2011 - 9:34

    Just another false flag operation and take a guess who was behind it?

  2. #2 by Oscar on 11/30/2011 - 9:34

    They turned it off because there’s no use in bombing-self to excuse war, when you warn everyone and use missile defense?

  3. #3 by Isaac on 11/30/2011 - 9:34

    Sounds familiar. It is a work of the Mossad to incite trouble. It is like 9/11. Where all these trillion dollar sophysticated security systems, radars, war planes, etc… were when the so called “Terrorists” stole 4 air planes, and were ready to slammed into the twin towers?. That was all a bunch of lies that the American people believed blindly.

  4. #4 by elyousseph6@yahoo.com on 11/30/2011 - 9:34

    That sound a familiar response by Israel about turning off the alarm.
    That same was said, when a migrant worker from Thailand murdered five-family members
    living in the illegal Jewish settlement of Itamar. Then Israel immediately blamed it on Palestinians.

    That aside, Israel Violates Lebanon Airspace on a daily basis.

    Israeli reconnaissance aircraft enters Lebanon’s airspace, violating the country’s sovereignty. Does that matter?
    Last year, the Israeli drone entered Lebanon’s territory from the southern border city of Naqoura on Tuesday morning and hovered over the southern and eastern parts of the country for about 20 hours, according a Press TV correspondent in Beirut.

    The Lebanese military has also reported last year that Israeli helicopter dropping a star shell inside Lebanese territory.

    What about thet airspace violation when Israeli reconnaissance aircraft patrolled the skies above West Bekaa — located 73 kilometers (45 miles) from the capital Beirut — and the town of Riak, close to the Syrian border?

    I remember reading about the twelve Israeli fighter jets entered Lebanon’s airspace and flew over several areas in southern Lebanon, including the city of Sidon scaring the day light of the people living in Lebanon third largest city
    Lebanon’s military often reports airspace violations by Israeli aircraft but does not usually open fire on them.

    The airspace violations, which are reported on an almost daily basis, violates the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 1701, which ended the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006.

    Lebanon’s government, the Hezbollah resistance movement, and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, have repeatedly called on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and stop its air surveillance flights over the country.

    I don’t believe Israel is ready for another humiliating defeat by Hezbollah. Israel has suffered two severe setback in Lebanon. Once in in the year 2000, and the second, during the war of 2006.

  5. #5 by Ingrid B on 11/30/2011 - 9:34

    @B.Benhamid and Isaac, I totally agree..

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