The Lebanese government justified Hezbollah's launching of a drone into Israeli air space, saying no other steps, including appeals to international bodies, have been effective at stopping Israeli incursions into Lebanese airspace.
Lebanon's Information Minister Elie Al-Ferzli's statement yesterday to the Al-Jazeera network was referring to appeals to the UN Security Council as well as statements made by UNIFIL personnel.
The Lebanese government consistently supports Hezbollah against Israel, and rejects Israel's claim that it should deploy its own forces along the border instead of the militias.
As in Israel, the Lebanese press covered the drone story on its front pages. The A-Nahar newspaper called the first flight of the Mirsad 1 a "significant military development."
The head of Hezbollah's political council, Sheik Ibrahim Amin al-Sayed, told the Arab-language paper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that his organization wished to humiliate Israel: "We will harm the honor of those who want to harm our honor," he said.