Lebanon slams US defence aid to Israel

Lebanon on Monday condemned a new 30 billion-dollar US defence package for Israel.

Lebanon slams US defence aid to Israel
Lebanon on Monday condemned a new 30 billion-dollar US defence package for Israel.

"Prime Minister Fuad Siniora has learned with great dismay, surprise and astonishment" about the US defence package to the Jewish state, a statement from his office said.

"Continuing to back Israel in such a manner will escalate crises and increase feelings among the Arabs and Muslims that their just causes are ignored while Israel's interests are protected," it said.

"This will raise the feeling of frustration among the Arabs and Muslims, and will therefore boost extremist movements which were born and are feeding on the feeling of (US) bias toward Israel."

"We were hoping that the American efforts would rather help promote peace," Siniora said in the statement.

"If these funds were allocated to consolidate peace (in the Middle East) and bridge the gap between the peoples of the region, or spent on peaceful projects then the American message would have been different," he said.

"This is a very negative message to the Lebanese and Arabs.

"It will boost Israel's aggressiveness and arrogance ...it will allow the Israelis to continue to think that they can avoid the requirements of a just and comprehensive peace by keeping a military superiority," he said.


AFP
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