A brand new military committee appointed on Tuesday will look into granting marketing campaign medals to troopers who served within the “safety zone” in southern Lebanon throughout Israel’s 18-year presence there.
If the committee does resolve to award the medal, the military stated in a press assertion, it’ll additionally take into account giving the marketing campaign a reputation, in addition to what the standards for receiving a medal needs to be.
The committee was appointed by Israel Protection Forces Chief of Workers Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi. It’s anticipated to submit its suggestions to him and Protection Minister Benny Gantz in a number of months.
Since 2011, a gaggle referred to as “The Safety Zone – a Conflict With no Identify” has been combating for state recognition of members’ service in southern Lebanon. The group was began by a number of troopers who served in Lebanon in the period between 1982 and 2000, and shortly swelled to hundreds of members.
Over the previous yr, its calls for have additionally received backing from protection ministers and senior army officers, each previous and current. Officers have shared their very own tales of service in Lebanon on social media.
In Could, Israel marked the two0th anniversary of its unilateral pullout from south Lebanon. Ever since, arguments have raged over the best way the withdrawal was carried out and the way it affected the following safety scenario on the northern border.
The committee is to be headed by former IDF Chief of Workers Shaul Mofaz. Its different members are the top of the IDF’s manpower directorate, Maj. Gen. Moti Almoz; the top of the military’s doctrine and coaching brigade, Maj. Gen. Yaakov Banjo; the commander of the army faculties, Maj. Gen. Itay Virob; the president of the army courtroom of appeals, Maj. Gen. Doron Piles; and three main generals within the reserves – Giora Eiland, Moshe Kaplinsky and Ido Nehushtan.