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Israeli Parliament Rejects Probe of '82 Invasion of Lebanon

September 14, 1987|United Press International

JERUSALEM — Israel's Parliament today rejected a motion to launch an inquiry into the 1982 invasion of Lebanon despite a member's claim that he had evidence that then-Defense Minister Ariel Sharon acted without authority in sending troops all the way to Beirut.

Ron Cohen, a member of the leftist Citizens Rights Party, told lawmakers a "secret" Israel Defense Forces' investigation into the Lebanon war concluded that Sharon ignored a Cabinet decision to limit the invasion to 24 miles.

Parliament voted 27 to 13 to reject Cohen's motion to establish a state commission of inquiry into the handling of the war.

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