Israel to withdraw from northen Ghajar, report


According to Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post , Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to inform United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of his plan to withdraw from the northern part of the Ghajar village when the two men meet in New York on Monday.

Netanyahu’s is on a five day official visit to the United States

During the July 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah , Israel re-occupied the northern half of Ghajar.

UNSC Resolution 1701 was accepted by combatants on both sides to end the 2006 war. The resolution demanded the full cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of Israeli forces, the disarming of Hezbollah, the deployment of Lebanese and UNIFIL soldiers, and the establishment of full control by the government of Lebanon.

About Ghajar

In an attempt to demarcate permanent borders between Israel and Lebanon, the United Nations drew up what became known as the Blue Line. Due to Ghajar’s location, wedged between Lebanon and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the northern half of the village came under Lebanese control and the southern part remained under Israeli control.This arrangement created much resentment among the residents, who see themselves as Syrian Alawites.