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Congress Gutted a Plan to Keep American Funds Out of the Hands of Hizballah

Since 2006, Washington has given some $2 billion in aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), hoping first to empower it to replace Hizballah in the southern part of the country, and later on to defend against al-Qaeda and Islamic State, and to prevent the spillover of the Syrian civil war into its territory. Yet not only has Hizballah grown stronger in the intervening years, but it now also exercises a great deal of control over the LAF—while building up its own ability to attack Israel and effecting a blood-soaked intervention in Syria. A bill currently before Congress would cut funding to the LAF—funding that ultimately benefits Hizballah—but a group of Democratic representatives has managed to neuter it, writes Adam Kredo:

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Read more at Washington Free Beacon

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

A Senior Saudi Political Figure Takes the Palestinian Leadership to Task

In an extended television interview with an Arab broadcaster, Prince Bandar bin Sultan—who served for twenty years as the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., for a decade as head of the Saudi National Security Council, and two years as intelligence chief—responded forcefully to the Palestinian claim that the Gulf states have, by normalizing relations with Israel, “stabbed the Palestinians in the back.” Defending Saudi devotion to the Palestinian cause, Prince Bandar delivered a lengthy history of his country’s role in the Arab-Israeli conflict, in which he bluntly upbraided Palestinian leaders, and Yasir Arafat above all, for squandering chances at statehood and for their lack of “ethics.” While Bandar’s sentiments can hardly be described as pro-Israel, he asserted that the Palestinian leaders are every bit as responsible as the Jewish state for the plight of their people:

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Read more at Al Arabiya

More about: Israel-Arab relations, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, Yasir Arafat