• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: The Israeli Chief of Staff has predicted a new war of attrition along the country's northern frontier if Palestinian guerrillas -- separated from it by United Nations forces -- extended their influence in Lebanon down to the Israeli border.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Major Saad Haddad and Lt. General Rafael Eitan saluting border guards
    0.24

    2.
    SV Major Haddad and General Eitan shaking hands with civilians at rally
    0.30

    3.
    SV Children waving Israeli flags parading past rostrum (2 shots)
    0.51

    4.
    SCU Major Haddad speaking in Arabic
    1.47


    Shots 3 and 4 continued


    5.
    GV People at rally
    1.50

    6.
    CU Major Haddad speaking in English
    2.08


    SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)



    HADDAD: (SEQ. 6) "The main policy of the free world and Israel in particular should be to force the Syrians to leave Lebanon for the Lebanese. And as for the future, free all Lebanon."





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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: INTRODUCTION: The Israeli Chief of Staff has predicted a new war of attrition along the country's northern frontier if Palestinian guerrillas -- separated from it by United Nations forces -- extended their influence in Lebanon down to the Israeli border. Lietenant-General Rafael Eitan was speaking at border town of Metullah on Sunday (22 March) at a ceremony marking five years of cooperation between Israel and the people living just across the border. In 1976, Israel decided to open a gate in the electronic fence to allow friendly Lebanese into Israel for medical treatment, jobs, shopping and visits.

    SYNOPSIS: General Eitan arrived for the ceremony accompanied by his ally Major Saad Haddad, commander of a Lebanese right-wing Christian militia. The eight-kilometre (five mile) belt across the border controlled by the militia has been a buffer zone between the Palestinian guerrillas and Israel. United National officials have complained that the militias have restricted the deployment of its peace-keeping forces. Last week (16 March), these Israeli-backed troops shelled the Lebanese village of Kantar killing two U.N. soldiers.

    Israeli aid to Major Haddad has allowed him to establish a virtually independent enclave, cut off from the rest of the country. Last year, 1,000 Lebanese crossed the border every day to work in Israel. In his speech, Major Haddad said he'd released three Lebanese soldiers he'd been holding for a week since their capture in Kantara. This, he said, was a gesture to try and ease tension in the area.

    It was to drive the guerrillas away from the border that Israel invaded the region three years ago.

    Eventually the Israelis pulled back and the newly-created UNIFIL peace-keeping force came in to police the area. Since then Israel has helped southern Lebanon by developing local water resources, repairing roads and offering medical aid. The Christian militia has also been armed with obsolete Israeli artillery and tanks.

    Major Haddad spoke later about Syria's presence in Lebanon:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9ESAEEAJMLB8EO6NTM3VMR2AU
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ESAEEAJMLB8EO6NTM3VMR2AU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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