A Lt. colonel present on site of simple bush trimming action. Would not a corporal suffice to oversee the "trimmers"? But the innocent bush trimming took place "near the border, in our [Israeli] territory. It was on both sides of the border but still within [Israeli] territory". In such a case even the presence of a general would by justified.
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from the article: Israeli officer killed in clash on Israel-Lebanon border