It is one of the most guarded borders in the world, but also the most protected: 150 kilometers of fencing, Syria to the East, Lebanon to the North. Two countries trying to hit Israel. So when explosive devices are discovered, the response is immediate: a volley of missiles on positions of Iranian fighters in Syria and military installations of the Syrian army. “Anyone who tries to attack us will pay the consequences”, announces Benyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister.
It must be said that the tension is at the highest level at the border. Each of the Israeli soldiers knows he is a target for Lebanese Hezbollah militants who have sworn to avenge their martyrs. A threat that is sometimes difficult to detect. At the end of 2018, the Israeli army discovered six hand-built tunnels, meter by meter, on the border with Lebanon. Hezbollah’s objective is to introduce armed commandos into Israeli territory. But the inhabitants of the surrounding villages are not more reassured. Training sessions are organized for volunteers. They know the risk is always there.