Israeli regime’s media outlets have expressed gratitude and relief following Saudi regime’s decision to halt its pledged military aid to the Lebanese army.
According to Al Manar, The Zionist daily Haaretz reviewed the Saudi decision in one of its articles, calling it “appropriate step,” which expressing the Israeli regime’s fears of a well-equipped army in Lebanon.
Saudi Arabia has suspended a $3 billion package to the Lebanese army and the remainder of a $1 billion in aid to its internal security forces.
The decision, announced on Friday, comes following recent victories by the Syrian army, backed by Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance fighters, against the Takfiri terrorists fighting to topple the Damascus government.
The $3 billion package was provided to Lebanon to buy military equipment from France. The Arab country received the first shipment of weapons in April 2015.
Saudi Arabia also halted the remainder of a $1 billion in aid for Lebanese security forces.
The SPA statement said the Saudi official also criticized Beirut for not condemning attacks on the Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran last month.
“Israel believes that depriving the Lebanese army of weapons completely would deprive the Lebanese defense system of new capabilities, and would enable Israel to perform blackmailing in this regard, because it cannot accept the idea of a powerful Lebanon,” Lebanese retired Brigadier-General Amin Hoteit told Al-Manar TV.
Haaretz reported that another regional Saudi decision which has pleased the Israeli regime is the Saudi-Turkish plan to send ground troops to north Syria.
“Any action that might break the Syrian steadfastness, or weaken the government of President Bashar Al-Assad, will serve Israel. For this reason it believes that the Turkish and Saudi intervention in Syria will be anti-ISIS campaign,” Hoteit said.
“Because of its close relations with Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Israel knows that fighting ISIS is only a cover, while the real campaign will target Assad’s government,” he concluded.
Moreover, Haaretz reported concerns inside the Israeli regime of a possible victory by Syrian army against terrorists groups, urging Western countries to provide the terrorists with weapons in order to prevent such victory.