Israeli from left to right all know this version of the case, as summarized here in Haaretz, normally Israel's most skeptical media outlet.
It took the Associated Press (AP) about 18 hours to confirm the the Israeli version, citing the UN. Even then their reporter assumes the Lebanese must have been confused by the discrepancy between fence and border - the barrels don't make it into the AP report. You can see how a tourist might not be aware of the situation, or a clueless journalist; how the local military might be confused about its own border, however, is not explained. By now, a day later, CNN seems to have accepted the UN version of the story, the one aligned with Israel's version. Of course, CNN's very existence is predicated on moving quickly with its stories.
As I write, however, respectable international news outlets are still not reporting the facts. They scrupulously cite both sides: the Israelis say this, the Lebanese say that, we report you decide. Here are the New York Times, Washington Post, The BBC, The Guardian. The BBC report contains an embedded TV report in which the reporter says that the UN's version confirms Israel's but, he adds, the Lebanese disagree. The Washington Post one is even funnier. They begin by telling that:
What happened along the Israel-Lebanon border remained somewhat murky late Tuesday. The Israeli army said it defended itself from Lebanese forces who fired at Israeli soldiers carrying out routine bush-clearing maintenance along the border. Lebanese media, by contrast, cited the Lebanese army as reporting that Lebanese soldiers fired warning shots at an Israeli patrol trying to cut down a tree and that the Israeli soldiers responded with gunfire.The rest of the report, however, essentially confirms the UN-Israeli version, leaving us to scratch our head and wonder where the murkiness lies.
This is all mildly comic, except for the deadly serious part of it. As I never tire of saying but unfortunately must repeat over and over and over, the reality Israelis know they live in is decidedly different from the mishmash of lies, mistakes, inaccuracies and wishful thinking just about everyone else is spoon-fed. Since reality is stronger than media reports, the discrepancy leads eventually to real-world actions, in which, for example, well-meaning but wrongly informed American Jews grow ever more exasperated with Israel for not understanding what any regular reader of the NYT can see; or when newly elected American presidents need 12-18 months of daily briefings before they begin to understand what's really going on (Bush II needed 12 months, Obama seems to have needed the 18).
Finally, there are Israel's enemies, who can't be brought to see reality no matter what. Phil Weiss and the Mondogang had a field day yesterday with a picture that showed something else than what they thought, and no amount of corrections, even by citing the UN, could bring them to accept they'd been misled.