Map of the area, thank you CNN.com, I'm near the bottom red dot
So far it's been quite, its dark and they can't fire because their positions would be given away.
To respond to one of the comments:
This happened because of "illegal settlements throughout the land that was supposed to be Palestine" and it's all our fault. Well actually, Israel has been actively shutting down settlements and forcefully uprooting some of its own citizens. Just last year there has been a withdrawing from Gaza.
Doing that is not an easy task either. Without it's an expansive process as thousands of families need to be reimbursed, you have to send soldiers (who are usually quite young) and police forces and remove your own citizens by force. Can you imagine doing that? The clash of identity, of principles. But we did it anyway; we moved thousands and thousands of people.
We do that when we need to, for example Sinai. In 1979 Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty, subsequently, Israel pulled out of Sinai in several stages, ending in 1982. The Israeli pull-out involved the destruction of several Israeli settlements including the town of Yamit in north-eastern Sinai.
That worked, and we now have a peaceful relationship with Egypt. So, out of the belief that we could do that again, this time with the Palestinians, we moved. We had a year of quit and exactly a year later they started attacking us again. Shooting hand made rockets into the town of Sderot and kidnapping a soldier, killing others.
So, no, I'm sorry this is not about the Palestinians at all.
Six years ago, On May 24, 2000, Israel completed the withdrawal of its forces from southern Lebanon under the expectation that the Government of Lebanon will take effective control of southern Lebanon and bear the responsibility for preventing terrorist attacks against Israel from within its borders. Israel maintains its right to act forcefully if terrorist attacks on northern Israel continue after the withdrawal.
That's Resolution 425, passed by the UN.
What's happing is that the government of Lebanon is not in control, Hezbollah is. And they attacked Israel and kidnapped two soldiers, and have been firing rockets into the population killing a dozen or so people so far, and wounding hundreds. See that little clause at the end of Resolution 425? We are exercising it in full because Lebanon didn't do anything about Hezbollah and allowed this to happen.
I think you can very well see a pattern emerge here. Israel takes giants leaps of faith and withdraws from areas that it controls and hands over the rains, under the impression that security will be maintained. And every time, it's not.
I'm sure some would very well like us to give up and leave, but we won't. It's not an option, so stop entertaining it in your head. Hezbollah is a terrorist organization within Lebanon; it is not and does not represt the Lebanese. The bombings there is to get rid of Hezbollah, I'm sure that if we are successful the Lebanese will in fact thank us. (See previous post about comments)
Afterwards, a buffer will be created in the south of Lebanon and will be manned by Lebanese troops and probably a force the UN sends. The buffer serves to get Hezbollah and their launchers out of range.
Why is Hezbollah doing this, and why now? I'll cover that in the next post. Updates soon.