BEIRUT, Lebanon – Lebanon's offer to deploy 15,000 troops along the border with Israel is "interesting" and worthy of further consideration, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday.
Olmert said such a move must go hand-in-hand with the disarming of Hezbollah guerrillas.
Lebanon's government said Monday that it is ready to send the troops to the Lebanon-Israel border as part of a cease-fire deal. Israel had long demanded such a deployment.
"We are studying these proposal," Olmert said of the Lebanese offer, adding that "the faster we leave south Lebanon, the happier we will be, especially if we have achieved our goals."