UNIFIL chief Gen. Stefano Del Col is getting a Levantine runaround since he asked for permission to inspect the Lebanese villages which Israel accuses of harboring illegal Hizballah tunnels. Under the UNSC Res. 1701 ceasefire, UN monitors need a Lebanese army escort for entering those villages. When President Michel Aoun sat down with Gen. Del Col in Beirut on Tuesday, he explained that, while he fully supports the resolution, he is waiting for the Lebanese army to complete its probes and submit its decision regarding the tunnels. On Monday, however, the Lebanese army chief said he is waiting for President Aoun’s decision. The resulting standoff is designed to tie the hands of UNIFIL for responding to Israel’s demand to take care of the Lebanese end of the tunnels’ liquidation. The ball for bringing the IDF tunnel operation to a successful conclusion has therefore been pitched back into Israel’s court.