“The five men went on. When they came to Laish, they observed the people who were there living securely, after the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and unsuspecting, lacking nothing that is in the earth, and possessing wealth. Furthermore, they were far from the Sidonians. They had no dealings with Aram. When they came to their kinsfolk at Zorah and Eshtaol, they said to them. ‘What do you report?’ They said. ‘Come. Let us go up against them. We have seen the land. It is very good. Will you do nothing? Do not be slow to go, and enter in and possess the land. When you go, you will come to an unsuspecting people. The land is broad. God has indeed given it into your hands, a place where there is no lack of anything on earth.’”
These 5 Danites next end up in Laish, which is way north of Naphtali, where the Sidonians live, what we might call the Phoenicians. After looking around, they see that it is not defended very well. Laish seems separated from the other Sidonians to the northwest and the Aram area to the northeast. They go back to the Danites and say it is a good idea to attack them.