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UNIFIL participated in the 2000 kidnappings of three Israeli soldiers along the Lebanese-Israeli border. Indian UNIFIL troops were bribed by Hezbollah to let Hezbollah use a UN jeep and UNIFIL uniforms. This of course resulted in the total surprise of Israel's troops, who were subsequently kidnapped, then eventually traded back, along with kidnapped Israeli businessman Elchanan Tannenbaum, for terrorists Israel had imprisoned.
I recently decided to read Complicity, by Elliot Kramer, which is a book concerning the mediocre media's complicity with terrorists. That's where I learnt about this not-so-surprising bit of UNIFIL history. Kramer describes the kidnappings, UNIFIL's involvement (and the UN's subsequent attempt at a cover-up) and of course, the media's spin doctoring of the whole affair.
UNIFIL isn't part of the solution, it's part of the problem.
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