Jerusalem — Israel was seeking the right to conduct joint military patrols with the Lebanese Army in Lebanese territory after an Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, a senior Israeli official said Wednesday.
The official told Reuters the patrols were part of special security arrangements Israel was demanding in southern Lebanon as a condition for withdrawing its troops.
Israel also wants to set up three early-warning stations, each manned by a company of about 120 soldiers, inside Lebanon. This demand has been rejected by Lebanon and the US as an infringement of Lebanese sovereignty. The official also said Israel has proposed a special role for the Lebanese right-wing Christian militia, led by former Lebanese Army Maj. Saad Haddad.