TEL AVIV (Aug. 25)
The United States is still questioning Israel about the use of American-made weapons during the raids on terrorist bases in south Lebanon last week. Deputy Defense Minister Mordechai Zipori was scheduled to hold another meeting on the subject this evening with a U.S. Embassy official, William Brown. Some Israeli sources note that the U.S. was exerting a sort of “continued pressure” on Israel over this issue.
Some Israeli sources point out that the timing of the raid was unfortunate since it came at the same time Israel was officially asking the U.S. for $2.9 billion in military and economic aid for the 1982 fiscal year. However, the sources stress that the raid was essential since the terrorists were preparing attacks against Israel.
Meanwhile, the terrorists were reportedly getting reorganized in south Lebanon after the severe blow they suffered by the Israeli attacks. Beaufort Castle, the 12th Century Crusader fortress, from which the terrorists launch missile attacks on the Christian militia in south Lebanon and which was a major target of Israeli air raids last week, was quiet yesterday and did not engage in the ongoing duel between the terrorists and the Christian militia.