INTRODUCTION: Israel has stressed it's being patient, not weak, in its dealings with the presence of Syrian troops in southern Lebanon.
INTRODUCTION: Israel has stressed it's being patient, not weak, in its dealings with the presence of Syrian troops in southern Lebanon. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, said this when speaking to leaders of the Israel Bonds campaign in Jerusalem on Monday (31 January). His speech came as the United Nations Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim, prepared to fly to the Middle East for a six-nation tour. He's hoping to get the Geneva Middle East Peace conference reconvened, with the palestine Liberation Organization taking part after the formal opening.
SYNOPSIS: Israel has been trying to get the Syrians to withdraw, as Mr Rabin said in his speech on Sunday.
The Syrian troops entered southern Lebanon last week after being sent there by the Arab league peace keeping force. They are stationed only 11 kilometres (seven miles) from Israel's border.
Israel has expressed deep concern at the move and the Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon visited the area of Sunday.
He said the situation on the border was on the threshold of a possible crisis. As he spoke, gunfire echoed across the border from the hills of southern Lebanon, where the civil was still continues intermittently.