(JNS) A bill aiming to break the partnership between the Lebanese military and the Iran-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon was reintroduced on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Titled “Countering Hizballah in Lebanon’s Military Act,” it was sponsored by Jewish Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and co-sponsored by Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) and Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.).
The legislation proposes that the United States withhold twenty percent of its security assistance to Lebanon until the Lebanese Armed Forces take “effective actions to limit or expel Hezbollah-influenced military personnel” and fulfill the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 by disarming Hezbollah and ending all partnerships and cooperation for at least one year.
The same bill, “Countering Hezbollah in Lebanon’s Military Act of 2019,” was introduced on the same day in the Senate by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), receiving two co-sponsors and seeing no further action.