Israel: Sharon's Plan

Rationale for an invasion

Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon argues forcefully for an Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon. Says he: "If we stick to our goals, this might be the last war we shall fight in the area." So far, Prime Minister Menachem Begin has overruled his hawkish general, but Israel has built up its forces along its northern border and given warning that any new provocation by Palestinian guerrillas would invite a major military response. No one knows just how far Israel would go if it decides to invade. In talks between Israeli military officials and leaders of Lebanon's...

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