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New Israeli campaign ribbon

Israel has instituted a new campaign ribbon for service in south Lebanon from 1982 to 2000 during Israel's 18 year occupation of the area.
New Israeli campaign ribbon

The institution was approved by the government last year, and on Monday, June 7th, 2021, defense minister Benny Gantz awarded the ribbon to the Israeli Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi as the first recipient.

The ribbon was later awarded to a handful of families of fallen soldiers and is expected to be awarded to a large number of veterans and to next of kins to personnel who lost their lives during the campaign.

The ribbon is the ninth Israeli campaign ribbon and follows the earlier ribbons for the War of Independence in 1948, the Sinai War in 1956, the Six-Day War in 1967, the War of Attrition 1967-1970, the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the first Lebanon War in 1982, the second Lebanon War in 2006 and the Gaza campaign in 2014 (officially Operation Protective Edge).

The ribbon is the first to have both vertical and horizontal stripes - in red/green/grey and blue/white. The blue/white horizontal stripes in the center represent the Israeli flag and is surrounded by grey vertical stripes representing Israeli Defense Force's fortifications and lengthy operations in the area. The green stripes represent the forests of Lebanon, while the red stripes symbolize the physical and mental costs of the campaign. The red and green stripes also represent the Lebanese flag.