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Lebanon The 1948 Arab-Israeli War
Sources: The Library of Congress Country Studies; CIA World Factbook
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    The tragedy of war is reflected in the face of this Lebanese
    Courtesy United Nations

    The 1948 Arab-Israeli War

    Lebanon, alone among the Arab nations bordering Palestine, played no significant part in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War that led to the establishment of Israel. The Lebanese Army deployed four battalions along the border but withdrew them from combat, enabling the Israeli Army to capture a strip of eastern Lebanon in October 1948. The new state of Israel occupied this area until March 23, 1949, when Lebanon signed an armistice. Under the agreement, Lebanon and Israel gave mutual assurances that they would not embark on military offensives against each other and would respect each other's territory. The old Palestine-Lebanon border was accepted as the new "armistice demarcation line" but was not recognized as a legal political or territorial boundary (see fig. 1).

    Data as of December 1987

    NOTE: The information regarding Lebanon on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies and the CIA World Factbook. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Lebanon The 1948 Arab-Israeli War information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Lebanon The 1948 Arab-Israeli War should be addressed to the Library of Congress and the CIA.

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