Monday, January 31, 1983

Military Action:

Lebanese army turns back IDF patrols attempting to enter West Beirut; IDF officers meet Druze and Christian leaders in the Chouf.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: IDF announces that direct cost of Lebanon war will total $1.35 billion by end of March 1983; President Navon announces he will leave office at end of term in May; two Druze residents of Golan Heights sentenced in Israeli court to one year in jail for crossing into Syria without permit; relatives of Palestinian prisoners held in Nafha prison hold press conference in EastJerusalem to explain basis of current hunger strike.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Lebanese delegate to negotiations rejects Sharon's insistence on 'anti-terrorist' surveillance stations in South Lebanon.

Arab Governments: King Hussein reportedly favors direct talks with Israel on future of West Bank.