US warns Israel is eager to start a war in Lebanon: Media report

Published March 6th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia recently issued a travel warning against Lebanon following suspension of military aid. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
Saudi Arabia recently issued a travel warning against Lebanon following suspension of military aid. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

A Lebanese newspaper affliated with the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia Hezbollah reported on Saturday that American officials have warned Beirut that Israel is planning to initiate a war against its neighbor to the north.

According to Al Akhbar, the Americans told the Lebanese “not to give Israel an excuse to start a war.”

The report stated that US officials were informed by their Israeli counterparts that Jerusalem is interested in igniting a war, particularly in light of Saudi Arabia’s strategic shift.

“Pressure needs to be applied on Hezbollah not to make any mistake that would lead to a replay of the events of 2006,” the newspaper quoted American sources as saying.


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