Pro-Hezbollah newspaper: US says Israel planning to start war in Lebanon

March 5, 2016 16:10

A Lebanese newspaper affiliated 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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