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Bush defends Israel actions, Russia condemns attacks

Russia and France condemned Israel’s strikes in Lebanon on Thursday as a dangerous escalation of the Middle East conflict but the United States said Israel had the right to defend itself. President Bush defended Israel’s attack on Beirut airport, but warned the Israelis they should be careful not to weaken the fragile Lebanese government. “Israel has the right to defend herself,” Bush told a news conference after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Secondly, whatever Israel does should not weaken the … government in Lebanon.” Full Story

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