US rep. urges Sarkozy to halt weapon sale to Lebanon

December 22, 2010 22:37


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US Representative Steve Rothman (D-NJ) on Wednesday asked French President Nicolas Sarkozy to reconsider a reported sale of anti-tank missiles to Lebanon.

"Reports have been circulating in the past few days stating that France plans to sell 100...(HOT) anti-tank missile systems to Lebanon by the end of February, 2011," Rothman said in a letter to Sarkozy. "As you know, Lebanon is in a precarious situation whereby Hizbullah is in a powerful position to usurp the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). If this were to occur, Israel would be in grave danger of having your anti-tank missiles used against her."

Rothman continued, "The stakes are too high, and the danger this would pose to Israel is far too real.  I therefore respectfully request that you reconsider this arms deal of anti-tank missiles and seek to aid the LAF in other ways."

Rothman is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense, and State and Foreign Operations.

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