Israel and IDF at center of two gaffes in Lebanon


A Lebanese advertising company is facing some embarrassment over an image of an IDF soldier that it accidentally used in a social media post commemorating Lebanon's Army Day.

The company, Virgin Ticketing Box-Office, posted a Facebook post featuring the soldier on Monday with the caption, "Always keep your eyes on us, hero," the Israeli news website Walla reported.

Facebook users quickly noticed that the soldier in the photo was not wearing a Lebanese army uniform. The post was since removed, but not before it went viral.

"Virgin celebrates Army Day ... with a picture of an Israeli soldier!" Lebanese journalist Nour Samaha posted on her Facebook page. 

"Virgin does not manage its social media accounts. An external company specializing in social media does that, and the responsibility for this mistake is, unfortunately, theirs. The picture was selected by mistake. This was not done intentionally," said the company in a statement to Lebanese newspaper L'Orient-Le Jour.

Soldiers from the IDF's Nahal Brigade leave Lebanon at the end of the Second Lebanon War in 2006. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Meanwhile, Israel is also facing some embarrassment for an interview that aired on the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah's affiliated television network featuring a number of IDF generals, former Defense Minister Amir Peretz, MK and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, as well as Tomer Weinberg, an IDF soldier who was injured during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. 

The documentary about the Second Lebanon War, titled “What happened in 2006,” aired July 30 on the Hezbollah-affiliated satellite channel Al Mayadeen. According to Yedioth Achronoth, the interviewees believed that the footage will be used on Italian television and on BBC in the United Kingdom. Spokesmen for Livni and Peretz confirmed the Israeli officials did not know the interviews would be aired on Hezbollah-affiliated television.


Posted on August 2, 2016 .