Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir told a crowd in Jerusalem on August 28 that Israeli armed forces will be withdrawn from Lebanon, but not while there is a threat of terrorist attacks.
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TRANSCRIPT: SHAMIR: (SEQ 2) "Recently, we have been witnessing an unbridled campaign of slander against Israel on the subject of southern Lebanon, which was mounted by the Karami government and was even taken to the U.N. Security Council. The Lebanese government in question is situated in Beirut but in fact it takes its shoulders lies the responsibility for the Cairo agreements of 1969, which opened the gates of Lebanon to the murderous terror and caused so many calamities and tragedies to the people of Lebanon. It now seems that this person is not content with the past and wants to repeat the same disaster once more in that unfortunate country. It goes without saying that Israel has no intention of partitioning Lebanon, or to hamper the connection between north and south Lebanon. However, as long as terrorist attacks continue, we will have to take the necessary measures to ensure the security of our forces, to maintain law and order and protect the welfare of the inhabitants who live in the area that is controlled by our military. Contrary to Syria, which is the only real occupying power in Lebanon, Israel has every intention of withdrawing its forces from Lebanon. But we will not sit by and permit anyone to incite, arm and direct terrorists to mount attacks on Israel and its soldiers in Lebanon."
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Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir told a crowd in Jerusalem on August 28 that Israeli armed forces will be withdrawn from Lebanon, but not while there is a threat of terrorist attacks. Shamir said the Lebanese government was based in Beirut but took its orders from Syria. The Israeli Prime Minister accused Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karami of being behind a campaign of slander against Israel. Shamir said the progress made with Lebanon last year had been disrupted by Syria and Lebanon, adding that Syria was the only occupying power in Lebanon. The Israeli Prime Minister, leader of the Likud Party has been trying to form a coalition government with Labour leader Shimon Peres.
Source: REUTERS - ELI FASTMAN