Obama presses Lebanon on Hizballah rearming

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

US President Barack Obama pressed visiting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri over the recent transfer of long-range missiles to Lebanese terrorist militia Hizballah when the two leaders met at the White House on Monday.

Obama said the reported transfer of SCUD missiles from Syria to Hizballah was a clear violation of UN Resolution 1701 that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War between the terror group and Israel.

Hariri, who has allowed Hizballah a prominent place in his own government, responded by warning Obama that he is running out of time to force an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal that satisfies Arab demands. Failing to do so, said Hariri, will result in increased violence and extremism in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem told reporters after meeting with his German counterpart that Damascus will not police Hizballah on behalf of Israel. He insisted that Hizballah has every right to acquire weapons for use against Israel, and that Syria, which is still technically at war with Israel, has every right to support the terrorists in that endeavor.

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