Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Israel's Lebanon Pull-Out Full of Violence

StoryMay 23, 2000
Watch iconWatch Full Show

News wires are reporting today that Israel may quit south Lebanon within days, ending a 22-year occupation weeks ahead of a July 7 deadline as areas long under Israeli control fall to Hezbollah guerrillas.

At a 2-1/2-hour emergency meeting late last night, Israel’s security cabinet empowered Prime Minister Ehud Barak to speed up the withdrawal. Sources said he could order the troops out within days or in up to two weeks.

Barak called the late-night emergency meeting as the Lebanon occupation crumbled under the advance of the guerrillas on outposts abandoned by Israel’s South Lebanon Army militia allies.

As ministers plotted strategy, Israeli army reinforcements assembled at Israel’s northern border and a convoy of tanks headed into south Lebanon.

The security cabinet also authorized Barak, who serves as defense minister, to order troops to open fire without consulting ministers.

As security sources said the number of Lebanese killed by Israeli forces had risen to six, the Israeli army ordered residents of northern Israel into bomb shelters for fear Hezbollah would retaliate.

Guest:

  • Robert Fisk, correspondent for The Independent of London based in Beirut, Lebanon.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation