US May Cover Israel's War Costs
By Ryan R. Jones
All Headline News Middle East Correspondent
08/31/06 -- - Jerusalem, Israel (AHN) - A senior Bush
administration official said Wednesday that if asked, the US is
likely to grant Israel additional military aid to cover the
costs of its recent war against Hezbollah.
The unnamed diplomat told The Jerusalem Post that "a request has
not yet come," but if it does, "we would consider it seriously."
According to Israeli officials cited by the report, Jerusalem is
hoping to fold its aid request into a larger American financial
package aimed at helping to rebuild war-torn southern Lebanon.
The US official went on to say that Washington viewed Israel as
the military victor in the recent conflict, but noted the Jewish
state had lost from political standpoint.
"The people in Lebanon did not understand" Israel's need to
attack certain civilian infrastructures, he said, "and that
allowed Hezbollah to say Israel was punishing them," which
"damaged Israel politically."
He suggested Israel begin to fix its image by initiating peace
talks with Lebanon.
Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, however, announced on
Wednesday that his nation would be the last in the Arab world to
make peace with the Jewish state.
Click on "comments" below to read or post comments