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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Northern Ghajar Pullout May Come Soon

I mentioned earlier today that there are reports that Israel is about to move forward on the UNIFIL plan to withdraw Israeli forces from the northern part of the divided village of Ghajar (which Israel concedes is part of Lebanon) while remaining in the part of Ghajar that was part of the Golan Heights. It's now sounding as if this is actually likely to happen, perhaps imminently.

That's good timing for The Middle East Journal, if I (ahem) do say so myself, since our current Autumn 2009 issue has a detailed article on the Ghajar issue by Asher Kaufman of Notre Dame University, and he recently discussed it at MEI as well (first of seven clips, or if you just want a podcast go here):

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