TEL AVIV (May. 14)
Former President Yitzhak Navon sharply attacked the government today for keeping the Israel Defense Force in Lebanon. He urged that it set a target date for withdrawal.
Addressing a group of students here, Navon, who only recently resumed political activity on behalf of the Labor Party, said: “Every child knows what is happening in Lebanon but the government closes its eyes to events there and disregards them.”
According to Navon, “The army sits and waits for a central authority (in Lebanon) but this is only a pipe dream. What should interest us is the peace of Galilee, not the peace of Lebanon.” He suggested that the government begin a phased withdrawal of the IDF from Lebanese soil, to be carried out progressively “bearing in mind the safety of Galilee.”