The majority of the people have voted no on the current poll asking if the cease fire will hold between Lebanon and Israel. It looks like the IntoxiNation readers are very smart indeed. First we look into yesterday’s news:
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is “deeply concerned” about Israel’s commando raid Saturday in eastern Lebanon, which he said violated the cease-fire resolution concerning Israel and Hezbollah, his spokesman said in a written statement.
The statement also cited the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon as saying there have “also been several air violations by Israeli military aircraft.”
Annan’s comments affirmed those by Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, who earlier had condemned the Israeli operation as a violation of the U.N.-brokered cease-fire.
So after only five days of the cease fire, we see it violated by Israel.
Today we find out that Israel wants even more conditions to suit them placed into the cease fire:
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that Israel will not accept the presence of peacekeepers in Lebanon from countries that don’t have diplomatic relations with the Jewish state, according to officials.
The decision complicated efforts by the United Nations to form a 15,000-strong peacekeeping force to help enforce a truce that ended 34 days of fighting between Israel and the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah.
The decision was made at a meeting of Olmert’s inner Security Cabinet, meeting participants said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to the media.
Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh – Muslim countries that do not have diplomatic ties with Israel – are among the only countries to have offered front-line troops for the expanded force. Europe, which had been expected to lead the force, has been slow to make any firm troops commitments.
Israel has U.S. syndrome. They have this diluted image that the entire world revolves around them. The fact is Israel is looking for reasons not to have a cease fire. They complain about Muslims talking about “wiping Israel off the map”, yet Israel seems to want the same with Muslim nations. Until both sides can sit down and both give and receive, the chances of peace in the Middle East are none.