Israel's Position on U.S. Military Aid to the Lebanese Army

(Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University) Eldad Shavit - The U.S. believes that providing military assistance to Lebanon's armed forces helps maintain state stability. It does not appear that the U.S. has confronted the reality of Hizbullah's partnership in the Lebanese government, or the identical interests of Hizbullah and official Lebanese government positions. Israel's official view of U.S. aid to the Lebanese military runs sharply counter to the U.S. approach. Therefore, Israel should seek to ensure that the aid does not significantly increase the threat against Israel, based on the working assumption that Hizbullah will be able to appropriate the weapons. Israel should also seek to strengthen the administration's use of this aid to motivate the authorities in Lebanon to impose limitations on Hizbullah. Col. (res.) Eldad Shavit served as head of the research division of IDF Military Intelligence.

2018-02-26 00:00:00

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