Jerusalem, 22 May 2000

No Order for June 1 Pullout from Lebanon
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)

The Defense Minister’s Media Adviser wishes to clarify that there is no order regarding an IDF pullout from Lebanon on June 1. The IDF is preparing to withdraw from Lebanon and will do so when conditions are ripe.

Israel is working to carry out the withdrawal in the framework of United Nations Security Council Resolution 425 and will exhaust all chances of doing so.

The SLA’s presence in any given outpost does not obligate the IDF regarding any particular withdrawal date.