August 08, 2006

Israeli intransience

This time it is Israeli intransience. The Lebonese government has agreed to move it's troops into the south and prevent Hezbullah from any more attacks. Israel should accept, but you can see the reason for their reluctance since the Lebonese government includes Hezbullah. So the Israelis do have reason to worry about whether the Lebonese government will actively police a ceasefire when one of the parties in it is commited to breaking any ceasefire.

Had the lebonese government done this a long time ago rather than allowing the south to become a de facto Hezbullah controlled territory then a lot of blood shed could have been avoided. A compromise will probably be reached involving the lebonses military plus international observers, hopefully sooner rather than later, but the ball is now in the Israeli court.


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