RAMALLAH, November 16 (JMCC) - The Israeli cabinet will Wednesday vote on the Israeli pull back from Ghajar village. The village is one of the most sensitive points along the border with Lebanon Israeli officials said Monday.
The call to pull out of the northern portion of the village of Ghajar is surprising, considering the number of times in the past the two men have criticized the unilateral withdrawals from the Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon.Read
Netanyahu also declared on a number of occasions during the past year that Israel will not be able to rely on international forces to defend its borders, for example after a future establishment of a Palestinian state.
Still, this does not seem to deter him from pulling out of the northern portion of Ghajar without an agreement with the Lebanese government. Control of the territory would then be transferred to the UNIFIL, which would also be responsible for preventing terrorists and criminals from crossing through the village.
The cabinet is expected to authorize the IDF and the Foreign Ministry to embark on intensive talks with UNIFIL on setting up security arrangements in the area, and then report back to the cabinet within 30 days. At the end of the talks, the cabinet will set the precise date for an IDF withdrawal, officials said.
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