Lebanon Vows to Reject US Military Aid If it Limits Self-Defense
The Lebanese government says it will reject US military assistance, should it come with any conditions limiting its right to self-defense. Last week, House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Howard Berman used a legislative procedure to suspend $100 million in aid to Lebanon over what he said are concerns about Hezbollah’s influence there. Berman also said he’s concerned US weapons could be used against Israel, which has attacked Lebanon multiple times over the past four decades. On Wednesday, Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr said, "Those who want to help the army on condition that it doesn’t protect its territory, people and border from Israel, should keep their money—or give it to Israel instead."