Israel at War 8 August

Peretz: Cease-fire only when troops freed, Hezbollah disbanded

Defense Minister Amir Peretz on Tuesday reiterated that Israel would only accept a cease-fire when southern Lebanon was demilitarized, and Hezbollah was disbanded and returned the two Israsel Defense Forces soldiers whose abduction sparked the current crisis.Speaking to his Labor Party faction at the Knesset, Peretz acknowledged that there are many questions regarding the diplomatic process, but said he saw it as something that went hand-in-hand with the military campaign. The military campaign, he said, cannot stand alone.

All the preparations for the IDF operation were carried out with an eye toward maximizing the precious time left, Peretz told the Labor lawmakers.

Blair confident of UN cease-fire resolution by Wednesday

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that he is confident there will be consensus on a United Nations resolution to end the fighting in the Middle East by Wednesday.The UN Security Council was to convene Tuesday at 3 P.M. local time (10 P.M. Israel time) to discuss the crisis and the UN resolution, which was drafted by the U.S. and France.

Qatar is thought to have requested the Tuesday session following Monday’s decision by Arab foreign ministers to send an Arab League delegation to the UN in an effort to secure Lebanese requested changes to the draft.

PM: Lebanon decision to deploy ‘interesting,’ needs studying

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that the Lebanese government’s decision to deploy its army in the south of the country is “interesting” and worthy of further consideration, but said such a move must go hand-in-hand with the disarming of Hezbollah.The Lebanese cabinet agreed Monday night to deploy troops in the south after an Israel Defense Forces’ withdrawal from the area, in a decision supported by all the ministers present, including the five Shi’ite ministers who represent Hezbollah and Amal.

Indonesian Muslim group claims to have sent fighters to Lebanon

A hardline Islamic group in Indonesia claimed Tuesday that 20 of its members had traveled to Lebanon to join the fight against Israel.It was not possible to independently verify the claim by the Islamic Defenders Front.

Similar claims by militant groups in Indonesia in recent years have proved to be false.

Diplomats Try to Keep Peace Plan Afloat

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Battles between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas raged Tuesday across southern Lebanon as diplomats at the United Nations struggled to keep a peace plan from collapsing over Arab demands for an immediate Israeli withdrawal.

Military planners in Jerusalem, meanwhile, said they plan to push even deeper into Lebanon to target rocket sites.

Attempts to negotiate a cease-fire have come down to a step-by-step proposal backed by Washington and Lebanon’s insistence – supported by Arab nations – that nothing can happen before Israeli soldiers leave the country. Arab diplomats and U.N. Security Council members were to meet later Tuesday at the U.N. in New York to try to hammer out a compromise.

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  1. These posts of yours on Lebanon/Israel are great. Way to put together a “what’s up.” I don’t have to go anywhere else.

  2. Thanks.. I was beginning to wonder if anyone ever read them.. They really are nothing more than compiled headlines from the Jpost, or Haaratz… once in a while I throw in an AP story or two… and If I want a fiction slant to it I’ll put in a Reuters story or two.

    Darrell




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