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Israel Government Refutes U.S. Criticism of Retaliation Raid on Lebanon

A Foreign Ministry spokesman criticized today the United States Department of State for “unjustly equating continued acts of terrorism, kept up over an extended period, with the reply to these acts,” in reference to the Israeli reprisal raid on Lebanon last week.

The spokesman issued the statement in response to a State Department spokesman’s criticism of the Lebanese raid. The Israeli official said the Israel Government was “astonished that the United States Government did not see fit to issue words of condemnation for more than 30 acts of sabotage committed by Arab terrorists in Israeli territory in recent months.”

He added that it was “doubtful” that the United States statement serves the purpose of stopping Arab sabotage acts. “The Israel Government does not use force gladly, but must defend its citizens and take care of the peace on Israel’s borders, ” he declared.