Jerusalem, 24 May 2000

Statement on Withdrawal from Lebanon
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The Defense Minister’s Media Advisor today (Wednesday) 24.5.2000, at 03:00, announces as follows:

In accordance with the Inner Cabinet decision of 22.5.2000 which authorized the Prime Minister and Defense Minister in consultation with the IDF Chief of Staff to determine the date of the IDF redeployment in south Lebanon, the Prime Minister and Defense Minister ordered the IDF to pull out of Lebanon.

The Prime Minister and Defense Minister calls upon all the elements in Lebanon to act with restraint and in a responsible manner. He adds that Israel will respond severely to any attack on its sovereignty, citizens or soldiers.