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Report Israel Would Supply Arms to Lebanon Army if It Requested Them

An Israeli source said today that Israel would supply arms to the Lebanese army if the Lebanese asked for weapons in order to maintain peace and security in the border region of southern Lebanon. The matter was raised in a question about Israel’s insistence that Lebanese troops have the dominant role in patrolling their side of the border. The questioner noted that the Lebanese army is in a weakened state and wondered whether Israel was not expecting too much of it. Meanwhile, the northern border remains quiet. Winter rains and fog have brought military movements to a standstill.