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Elusive Security: The Military and Political Geography of South Lebanon

Clive H. Schofield
GeoJournal
Vol. 31, No. 2, The Scope of Military Geography (October 1993), pp. 149-161
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41145990
Page Count: 13
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Elusive Security: The Military and Political Geography of South Lebanon
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Abstract

Israel's quest for security on its northern border with Lebanon has a history dating back to the foundation of the Palestine mandate. In the early period from the First World War to the end of the 1960s the quest was dominated with attaining economic and environmental security by seeking to acquire rights to the waters of South Lebanon. Recent decades in contrast have witnessed the rise in importance of border security and strategic security requirements in the face of military threats to northern Israel. Israel's interventionist policy in South Lebanon has been formalised to include a permanent presence on Lebanese territory in the form of the "security zone". It is argued that despite the positive events that have occurred in the region in the early 1990s, it remains unlikely that Israel will easily relinquish its security shield in South Lebanon thus ultimately undermining the possibility of moving away from elusive to permanent security.

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