IDF begins distributing campaign ribbons to troops who fought in southern Lebanon


In ceremony recognizing 18-year occupation as a separate military campaign, defense minister, army chief reflect on their harrowing service in the so-called security zone
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Defense Minister Benny Gantz, left, and former IDF chief of staff Shaul Mofaz, center, award IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi with the first campaign ribbon marking Israel's 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon, at a ceremony north of Tel Aviv on June 7, 2021. (Israel Defense Forces)

Military chief Aviv Kohavi was the first recipient of a campaign ribbon for service in southern Lebanon during Israel’s occupation of the area from 1982 to 2000 on Monday night, following years of effort by veterans to have that period recognized as an official campaign.

Last July, following the 20th anniversary of the Israel Defense Forces’ withdrawal from southern Lebanon’s security zone, the military launched a committee led by former IDF chief of staff Shaul Mofaz, who oversaw the pull-out from Lebanon, to consider formally recognizing that 18-year period as a distinct military campaign, separate from the 1982 First Lebanon War and the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Over the past 11 months, the proposal received all the necessary approvals — from the committee, Kohavi, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and finally by a ministerial committee in March — for the period in southern Lebanon to become the ninth campaign recognized by the military, alongside the 1948 Independence War, 1956 Sinai War, 1967 Six Day War, 1967-1970 War of Attrition, 1973 Yom Kippur War, 1982 First Lebanon War, 2006 Second Lebanon War, and 2014 Gaza war, known officially as Operation Protective Edge

source: https://www.idf.il/