Israel tightened security along its border with Lebanon of Friday (7 July) and awaited to see if Syria would heed its warning not to crush Christian militia forces in Beirut.
GV: General Shlomo Gazit speaking, being questioned and pointing at map. (3 shots)
SV EXTERIOR: armoured vehicle, with troops aboard, travelling along road (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM: armoured tanks.
GV PAN: along barrel of long range artillery gun as camouflaged cover is pulled on. (3 shots)
GAZIT:"The immediate repercussions of the fighting in Lebanon, as far as we're concerned, are not really great. What does worry us is the very fact that one can crush systematically the Christian population just because they are a minority in the Middle East and nobody cares about their existence and their future."
REPORTER: "Are the Syrians in any way differentiating among the different Christian groups or are they shooting at everybody?"
GAZIT:"They are not differentiating between anybody...they are just...if you look at Beirut, this black line separating western Black line separating western Beirut, Moslem Beirut, from eastern Beirut, which is Christian, and they are practically going from one target to another, from one house to another, destroying whatever they see."
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Background: Israel tightened security along its border with Lebanon of Friday (7 July) and awaited to see if Syria would heed its warning not to crush Christian militia forces in Beirut. Israel has said it will not allow the Syrian peacekeeping force to "massacre" the Christians. Reports from Beirut early on Friday indicated there had been some slackening in the fighting. At a news conference on Thursday (6 July), Israeli intelligence chief, Major General Shlomo Gazit, said that the Syrians were destroying whatever they saw.
SYNOPSIS: As Israel moved more forces towards the border with Lebanon, military sources described the measures as precautions against any possible attack from Palestinians in southern Lebanon. The Israelis say the Palestinians might be emboldened by the Syrian onslaught in the north and stage an attack in the frontier region.
Meanwhile, the United States on Friday (7 July) called for restraint by all parties involved in the fighting. A State Department spokesman said his government was looking at ways of restoring peace in the area and was pleased that Lebanese President Elias Sarkis had not carried out his threat to resign.