Israel’s Defense Minister said while inaugurating a monument in honor of Southern Lebanese Army (SLA) soldiers, “as an Israeli, as a Jew and as a human being, my heart aches seeing the images of people going hungry on the streets of Lebanon.”
Defense Minister Benny Gantz has offered to send humanitarian aid to Lebanon through UNIFIL force to contend with the spiraling crisis the country is facing.
Israel prepares convoy of trucks with humanitarian aid for delivery. May 15 2018 – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Lebanon is facing an unprecedented financial crisis. Food and medicine are scarce, there are long lines for fuel, the local currency has lost more than 90% of its value in less than two years, and unemployment is skyrocketing. Continue Reading »
In the coming days Israel’s government will vote on providing grants of up to $136,000 to the veterans of the South Lebanon Army [who fled to Israel during the May 2000 withdrawal], in recognition of their courageous contributions to past IDF operations in Lebanon.
By Lilach Shoval
Veterans of the South Lebanon Army who reside in Israel will soon become eligible for substantial housing assistance, in recognition of their contribution to IDF operations in southern Lebanon prior to the military’s withdrawal from the region in May 2000.
The SLA was dissolved in the summer after the Israeli withdrawal and Israel absorbed some 7,000 SLA veterans and their families. Continue Reading »