Israel is reportedly opposing the proposed U.S. sale of arms to Lebanon. The Bush administration has until now restricted its assistance to Lebanon’s pro-Western government to training.
However, in the face of increased challenges from Hezbollah, the terrorist group that maintains its own army, a number of officials in the Bush administration now want to end a ban on selling weapons to an enemy of Israel. The deal, according to Friday’s Ha’aretz, would be worth $400 million and would include antitank missiles. Amos Gilad, the Israeli Defense Ministry’s liaison with the United States, had meetings with Pentagon officials to lobby against the sale, the report said. He argued that the weapons could be turned against Israel.
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