It’s Time for the U.S. to Place Conditions on Aid to Lebanon

Last year, American taxpayers sent $218 million in military assistance to Lebanon, and more than twice that amount in civilian aid. The purpose of this support is to strengthen the government in Beirut against Hizballah’s efforts to gain control over the country. But, as Tamara Berens explains, it’s too late:

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More about: Hizballah, Iran, Lebanon, U.S. Foreign policy

 

UN Peacekeepers in Lebanon Do More Harm Than Good

Aug. 12 2020

With its size, budget, and remit greatly expanded following the 2006 war between Israel and Hizballah, the United Nations International Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is tasked with keeping both sides’ forces out of the southern portion of the country. While the IDF has indeed abided by the armistice, UNIFIL has failed spectacularly at compelling Hizballah to do the same. Eugene Kontorovich argues that, unless the peacekeeping force can be reorganized so as to be effective, it would be better to scrap it, or at the very least reduce its size:

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More about: Hizballah, Israeli Security, Lebanon, Peacekeepers, U.S. Foreign policy, United Nations