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DATE=6/1/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250060 TITLE=ISRAEL/LEBANON (L) BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST DATELINE=JERUSALEM CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: UNDER FIRE FROM HEZBOLLAH GUERRILLAS, ISRAEL'S SOUTH LEBANON ARMY MILITIA ALLY, THE S-L-A, HAS BEGUN WITHDRAWING FROM THE CHRISTIAN ENCLAVE OF JEZZINE, NORTH OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION ZONE. VOA'S DAVID GOLLUST REPORTS FROM JERUSALEM. TEXT: THE S-L-A IS LEAVING JEZZINE BECAUSE OF MOUNTING CASUALTIES FROM HEZBOLLAH ATTACKS. AND THE PRO-IRANIAN GUERRILLAS KEPT UP THE PRESSURE AS THE WITHDRAWAL BEGAN -- SETTING OFF ROADSIDE BOMBS THAT KILLED TWO MILITIAMAN AND WOUNDED ANOTHER. ISRAEL IS PROVIDING WHAT AMOUNTS TO AIR COVER FOR THE RETREAT. ITS JETS WERE IN ACTION IN LEBANON FOR A THIRD DAY (TUESDAY) IN A ROW, HITTING SUSPECTED HEZBOLLAH POSITIONS AROUND JEZZINE AND ALONG THE NORTHERN THE EDGE OF ITS SELF-DECLARED SECURITY ZONE. ISRAEL IS MONITORING THE PULLOUT TO SEE IF LEBANESE GOVERNMENT FORCES MOVE INTO JEZZINE AND CURB THE GUERRILLAS. IF THAT HAPPENS, IT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR PRIME MINISTER-ELECT EHUD BARAK TO KEEP HIS CAMPAIGN PLEDGE TO HAVE ALL ISRAELI TROOPS OUT OF LEBANON WITHIN A YEAR. ISRAELI ANALYST AVRAHAM SELLA -- A FORMER MILITARY INTELLIGENCE OFFICER -- SAYS THE BARAK PLEDGE, ECHOED BY OTHER CANDIDATES IN THE ISRAELI ELECTION, HAS BEEN UNSETTLING TO THE S-L-A WHICH HAS OPERATED UNDER ISRAELI SPONSORSHIP FOR TWO DECADES: ///SELLA ACTUALITY/// THE PROMISES UNDERTAKEN BY THE THREE MAIN CANDIDATES FOR OUR PREMIERSHIP, AND ESPECIALLY BARAK'S STATEMENT THAT HE WOULD PULL OUT THE ISRAELI FORCES FROM LEBANON WITHIN A YEAR, BOOSTED THE FEARS OF THE RANK AND FILE AS WELL AS WELL THE OFFICERS IN THE S-L-A ABOUT THEIR FATE. AND I CAN'T BLAME THEM FOR THIS. EVENTUALLY, THEY UNDERSTAND THAT AT THE FATEFUL MOMENT THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO RELY ON THE GOODWILL OF THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT, AND THEY HAVE TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. ///END ACT/// MR. SELLA, OF HEBREW UNIVERSITY, SAYS THE S-L-A COULD COLLAPSE IN A RELATIVELY SHORT TIME AND FORCE ISRAEL TO LEAVE LEBANON UNILATERALLY AND NOT UNDER A HOPED-FOR SECURITY AGREEMENT WITH SYRIA AND LEBANON. OUTGOING ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER MOSHE ARENS SOUGHT TO REASSURE THE S-L-A IN COMMENTS TO ISRAEL ARMY RADIO. HE SAID ISRAEL HAS A LONG TRADITION OF NOT ABANDONING PARTNERS AND ALLIES, AND THAT IT WILL DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO DEFEND THE MILITIAMEN. SOME S-L-A MEMBERS FROM THE JEZZINE ENCLAVE ARE REPORTED TO HAVE TURNED THEMSELVES OVER TO THE SMALL LEBANESE ARMY GARRISON IN THE AREA, RATHER THAN MOVE SOUTHWARD WITH THEIR COLLEAGUES. SENIOR OFFICIALS IN BEIRUT INSIST THAT LEBANON WILL NOT BE PARTY TO ANY SECURITY ARRANGEMENT FOR ISRAEL OR THE S-L-A IN THE WAKE OF THE JEZZINE WITHDRAWAL, AND THAT ISRAEL SHOULD PULL BACK UNCONDITIONALLY TO THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER IN LINE WITH U-N RESOLUTIONS. (SIGNED) NEB/DAG/PCF 01-Jun-99 8:25 AM EDT (1225 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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