A right-wing military commander from southern Lebanon is asking for world aid for what he says is a forgotten war.
GV ZOOM INTO MV Frontier sign, Lebanon/Israel border
GV Road PAN TO frontier gate as man passes through (2 shots)
CU Israeli flag PULL BACK TO GV medical aid station
MV Children playing
GV PAN EXT Hotel, Metullah, Israel
INTERIOR MV Major Sa'ad Haddad with fellow officers speaking to press (9 shots)
HADDAD: "There is something strange in this war. All the Arabic world is against us. Why, I don't know. Maybe by....(indistinct) maybe by close-minded people. I don't know. I can't explain why they are fighting against us. They want to put us out of our home. That's no sense but they keep on fighting against us. Israel is the only country who understood our situation, our problem and, is helping us by supplying food and all the human needs. But though that we receive human help....from Israel, we don't receive...(indistinct)...from Israel. Even if the human help will be cut from us, we will keep on defending ourselves until the last child. And I ask from all the free world to move and see what is going on in Lebanon generally and in this enclave especially. They can help us in many ways by human help and even by military help. Because the others, they are using all the means from Russia, from Arabic countries, from mercenaries, from many kinds, etc. And I hope that the free world will wake up and help us to free Lebanon and to keep Lebanon a free country between them. Thank you very much."
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Background: A right-wing military commander from southern Lebanon is asking for world aid for what he says is a forgotten war. Major Sa'ad Haddad, commander of a Christian enclave bordering Israel made the appeal at a news conference in the Israeli border town of Metullah.
SYNOPSIS: Israel's border with Lebanon assumed a new significance during Lebanon's civil war. Some Lebanese were allowed through the frontier fence, first for medical aid, and then for trade. Now Israel continues her links, and is maintaining support for the Christian-held enclave in the south of Lebanon, where fighting is still going on.
A Foreign Affairs and Security Committee of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, recently toured the border area, and met Major Haddad. This was followed by a visit by Major Haddad to a hotel at Metullah just across Israel's border.