Invasion of Lebanon
In 1964, the PLO had been formed, and
had called for the destruction of Israel—whether that is in the
sense of destroying the state of Israel or in the sense of changing
it to a state where Palestinians could live with equal rights has been
contested. However, the organization had grown, and on June 6, 1982,
Israel invaded Lebanon to fight the PLO in southern Lebanon and in response
to regular attacks on the Israeli northern border as well as to evict
Syrian troops. The UN demanded that Israel withdraw, without response.
In August, a US ambassador negotiated the withdrawal of the PLO from
Lebanon. The situation remained extremely unstable until 1985, when
all troops except an Israeli-sponsored militia on the border pulled
out. The situation remains comparable today.