Arens Announces Decision to Share Lessons
Learned in Lebanon with the U.S.
(March 21, 1983)
One of the first decisions taken by the newly appointed Defense Minister
Moshe Arens, was to share
with the U.S. information and lessons learned in Operation
"Peace for Galilee." The decision was designed to improve
Israel- U.S. relations. Text:
Israel decided to share with the U.S. the information
and lessons learned in Operation
"Peace for the Galilee," the Minister of Defense, Prof.
Moshe Arens, said today at a press conference for military correspondents.
"As you know, Israel for some time following the
operation collected, classified and processed the data of that war.
In October 1982, my predecessor, Defense Minister
Ariel Sharon, sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense, inviting
him to participate in studying those lessons, as we did following the
Six-Day War and the Yom
In the end of November 1982, a U.S. delegation visited
Israel and initialed an agreement, which essentially resembles previous
agreements we had with the U.S. on that subject.
Since then, for the past four months, U.S. and Israeli
delegations discussed the execution of that agreement.
Since much time has passed and, meanwhile, some misunderstandings
occurred regarding our willingness to put all information at the disposal
of the U.S. Government, we decided to enable (the U.S.) to start to
study the information on the basis of long-existing agreements between
Israel and the U.S.
A first delegation of the U.S. air force will arrive
in the beginning of April, which will mark the start of the transfer
Israel is firmly convinced that its interests will
be protected, and that the information will be guarded against transmission
to outsiders and foreign countries without (prior) consultation with
Israel, as obligatory within the framework of existing agreements between
the two nations.
Israel believes that this important information in
its possession is most valuable to the U.S., and that it will strengthen
and add to other security links between the two nations."