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The Hezbollah and Israel's Position on US Military Aid to the Lebanese Army

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By Eldad Shavit

The United States is determined to continue to provide assistance to Lebanon’s armed forces, believing that this military assistance helps maintain state stability. Yet while in his recent visit to Beirut Secretary of State Tillerson stressed repeatedly the administration’s opposition to Hezbollah, it did not appear that the United States has confronted the reality of Hezbollah’s partnership in the Lebanese government, or the identical interests of Hezbollah and official Lebanese government positions. Israel’s official view of US aid to the Lebanese military runs sharply counter to the approach of the US administration.

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* Secretary Tillerson Participates in a Joint Press Availability With Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri State Dept Image / Feb 15, 2018. Image : The State Department.

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