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Navon Urges Target Date for Withdrawal of IDF from Lebanon

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.”