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The United States denied an Israeli request to place sanctions on Lebanon

Wednesday 12/December/2018 - 08:58 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Rabea Yehia

The United States denied an Israeli request to place sanctions on Lebanon، a day before the IDF launched an operation to uncover and destroy what it says is a network of cross-border tunnels snaking into the country from its northern neighbor.

According to a report in The Times of Israel news website، Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brussels last Monday، US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected the premier’s proposal to slap Beirut with a an economic embargo for its support for Hezbollah.

Instead، the secretary of state agreed to increase measures against the Iranian-backed Hezbollah، which Israel says planned to used the tunnels as a surprise component of an opening salvo in a future war، to allow dozens or hundreds of activates into Israel، alongside a mass infiltration of operatives above-ground and the launching of rockets، missiles، and mortar shells at northern Israel.

"Pompeo told Netanyahu during the meeting that the US was committed to confronting the totality of the Iranian regime’s threats through maximum pressure"، The Times of Israel reported

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