Escalating Conflict with Hezbollah Threatens Lag B’aomer Festivities at Mt. Meron

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is recommending to the Knesset that this year’s Lag B’aomer celebrations at Mt. Meron be canceled, reports Arutz Sheva.

According to the report, the recommendation on Wednesday comes after discussions held by the IDF’s Northern Command and Home Front Command, taking into account updated situational assessments in light of the escalation of hostilities by Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border.

On Tuesday night, the IDF conducted strikes against Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon, targeting lookout posts and terror infrastructure in the areas of Khiam, Kfarkela, and Bleida. Terror infrastructure and lookout posts in Odaisseh and Meiss El Jabal were also targeted, according to the report.

If the government agrees with the IDF’s recommendation, the Mt. Meron site would be declared a closed military zone, with trespassing offenses punishable by law.

Lag B’aomer, a Jewish holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, holds particular significance at Mt. Meron. It is home to the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a prominent 2nd-century rabbi who, according to tradition, died on Lag B’aomer. Thousands of Orthodox Jews gather at the site each year to pray in his merit and participate in the festivities, which include lively music and dancing around bonfires.

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