Israel Long Goodbye

A dangerous troop withdrawal

High on a hilltop, bareheaded and wrapped in a green parka, Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, 61, surveyed the Israeli front lines at the Awali River, just north of the Lebanese coastal town of Sidon. "The whole nation appreciates what you did under difficult conditions," the Prime Minister later told his troops. "We never intended to stay here. But we will still keep our eyes open to what dangers could evolve for Israel."

Those dangers were amply apparent last week as Israel continued the three- stage withdrawal from southern Lebanon announced by the government four weeks ago. The first stage of...

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