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June 1977

The "Good Fence" Between Israel and Lebanon

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Institute of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology Beilinson Medical Center Tel-Aviv, Israel

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(6):713-714. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120190107028

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Tel-Aviv, Israel.—In the state of chaos that has prevailed in Lebanon during its long civil war, the 350,000 inhabitants of the southern region, most of them farmers, have found themselves virtually abandoned, with no government services of any kind and particularly with a lack of physicians. At the same time, due to the absence of guerilla forces in this area, an unusual state of quiet has reigned along Israel's northern border. Taking advantage of this peculiar conjunction of circumstances, the Israeli government, at the instigation of Defence Minister Shimon Peres, has established a number of gates along the electronically controlled fence that separates the two countries through which Lebanese citizens have access to medical care and other services in Israel. This policy, known as "the good fence policy," has now been in effect for almost a year and deserves special recognition for its accomplishments.

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