8 December 1998

DM MORDECHAI MEETS WITH LEBANON MONITORING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

(Communicated by Defense Ministry Media Advisor)

Defense Minsiter Yitzhak Mordechai and other officials met yesterday evening (Monday), 7.12.98, with the chairman of the Lebanon Monitoring Committee, French Ambassador Joseph Laurent Rapin. Mr. Mordechai praised the committee’s work and Ambassador Rapin’s contribution to it.

The defense minister explained Israel’s perspective on the situation in Lebanon to the ambassador. He said that Israel’s patience in light of Hizballah attacks is not unlimited. "One day, our patience will end and the entire responsibility will fall on the Lebanese and Syrian governments. We call for a solution to the situation through a security and political agreement rather than trying to change the situation through the use of force. It is a shame that someone is rejecting this opportunity."