Israel defends arms policy: Israel's military reportedly defended its right to use weapons that some human rights groups have described as illegal.

The military's judge advocate general recently issued a memorandum to Israeli diplomatic missions abroad empowering them to rebut allegations that illegal heavy ordnance has been used in the Lebanon war and against Palestinian terrorists, Ma'ariv reported Thursday.


"International law does not impose an absolute and all-inclusive ban on the use of these cluster bombs or white-phosphorus bombs," the newspaper quoted the memorandum as saying.

According to the report, the judge advocate general also noted that 56 other countries, including the United States, Britain and Russia, have similar weapons in their arsenals. Military representatives declined comment.

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