Monday, October 18, 1982

Military Action:

Lebanese Army arrives at Chouf village of Kfar Matta, but IDF refuses to leave, seeks overlap of 48 hours to ensure Lebanese Army can keep peace; Druze charge IDF stirring up trouble to justify continued presence in area.


IDF estimates 15 killed in 4 days of Druze-Phalange fighting.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: Begin, opening the Knesset, says his policies have made borders safe, again rejects Reagan plan saying loss of occupied territories would lead to new world war, rejects Jordan role and faces off with Peres, asks resumption of autonomy talks; Commission of Inquiry flies over Beirut to see camps from air; Israeli Druze reveal alleged Phalange document outlining plan to kill Lebanese Druze to better impose Phalange authority.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Gemayel addresses UN General Assembly, asks international effort to aid Lebanese recovery.

US and Other Countries: Reagan Administration says target date for withdrawal of forces is end of this year.

UN: Britain, at meeting in Nairobi, acts to keep Israel in International Telecommunications Union by backing resolution critical of invasion but not expelling Israel; Arab governments urge Libya to drop effort to expel Israel from UN; UNIFIL mandate in Lebanon extended 3 months.