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They back this argument by saying that Israel still controls the Sheba Farms, which are part of Lebanon

According to the Lebanese they're part of Lebanon. According to the UN they're part of the Golan Heights, i.e. Israeli occupied Syrian territory and Israel has fully withdrawn from Lebanese territory. According to Israel they're part of Israel like the rest of the Golan which it declared was part of Israel back in the early eighties. The Syrians have been a bit unclear, suggesting that the Lebanese are right but refusing to make a formal legal declaration that that is the case, which is what the UN has demanded as a precondition for revisiting the issue.

UN statement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon

by MarekNYC on Sat Jul 15th, 2006 at 07:26:23 PM EST
there is an internationally recognized border along the Israeli-Lebanon border and the Israelis have built a strong defensive position there from which they patrol rather strenuously.

Marek, you're thinking of the Golan Heights, which used to belong to Syria.

by manon (m@gmail.com) on Sun Jul 16th, 2006 at 09:26:56 AM EST
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