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IDF recognizes 18 years of South Lebanon occupation as military campaign

Aviv Kochavi noted that this is an important step that expresses a deep appreciation for the service of many who protected the northern border of Israel and its citizens.

By TOBIAS SIEGAL
November 4, 2020

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi has recognized the 18 years of IDF occupation in southern Lebanon as a military campaign, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit reported on Wednesday.

Kochavi noted that this is an important step that expresses a deep appreciation for the service of many who protected the northern border of Israel and its citizens.

Kochavi and Defense Minister Benny Gantz appointed a special committee several months ago that was tasked with examining the 18 years during which the IDF was positioned in southern Lebanon and determining whether it should be defined as a continued military campaign. The committee was headed by Lt.-Gen (ret.) Shaul Mofaz and included senior IDF officials from various branches and fields of expertise.  

Kochavi accepted the committee’s recommendation to acknowledge the campaign, which will be given the name “the campaign in Lebanon’s security strip.”

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