On this day: Israel withdraws from Lebanon, ending 18-year ordeal

The pullout took two days to complete and no soldiers were injured during the withdrawal.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 24, 2016 01:55
1 minute read.
Israeli soldiers crossing the border with Lebanon into Israel on an armoured personal carrier

Israeli soldiers crossing the border with Lebanon into Israel on an armoured personal carrier on May 24, 2000. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

It was 16 years ago Tuesday that the Israeli military officially ended its presence in the so-called "security zone" in southern Lebanon and pulled back to the international border, ending an 18-year presence in Israel's neighbor to the north.

Following through on an election promise, then-premier Ehud Barak ordered the IDF to pull out of southern Lebanon after negotiations with then-Syrian leader Hafez Assad on a possible peace treaty broke down.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The pullout took two days to complete and no soldiers were injured during the withdrawal.

Members of the South Lebanon Army, the Lebanese Christians armed by and allied with Israel, fled for fear of retribution from the locals in south Lebanon.

The Israeli military occupation of southern Lebanon proved a costly one for the IDF, which lost 559 soldiers during the period from 1985-2000.

The withdrawal was criticized by some for the hasty manner in which it was executed. There was also the perception among many that Israel was pushed out of south Lebanon by the Shi'ite militia Hezbollah.

It was widely believed that the pullout served as inspiration for the Palestinians who saw that it was possible to force the IDF out if exacting enough casualties. This belief planted the seeds of the second intifada, which was to follow later that year.


Related Content

July 23, 2018
IDF strikes Gaza terror cell for second time in 24-hours

By TOVAH LAZAROFF