Lebanon-Israel Tensions Create Dilemma for U.S. and France

A covert Israeli-Lebanese intelligence war, combined with tension along the two countries’ border and fears of renewed Lebanese civil strife, has created policy dilemmas for the United States and France as they seek to strengthen the Lebanese government while isolating Hezbollah. The Shiite militia-cum-political party, which the U.S. and France have both designated as a terrorist organization, occupies two cabinet posts in Lebanon’s constitutionally mandated power-sharing arrangement. The intelligence war as well as a recent Lebanese-Israeli border clash in which five people were killed have persuaded Lebanese President Michael Sulaiman and Prime Minister Saad Hariri to increase coordination between Lebanon’s […]

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