Ceasefire. . . but not for another 32 hours at best
Apparently Hezbollah and the government of Lebanon have agreed to the terms of the ceasefire proposal, and a senior Israeli official implies that his/her government will also during a cabinet meeting tomorrow -- but won't stop attacks until midnight Sunday (EDT; 7 am Monday in Israel). Hezbollah won't commit not to return fire until Israel moves back across the border, and that won't happen until the peacekeeping forces arrive, in a week or so. Lovely. No point in searching out a dove image to decorate this post, then.
Tom Scudder has a very helpful analysis of UN resolution 1701 at Aqoul, especially for those of us unskilled at plowing through diplomatese. Jonathan Edelstein's gift for seeing the hopeful aspects of bleak situations is put to good use, but until the IDF stops bombing and shelling, his take asks too much for me in the way of looking past the massive human carnage and material destruction Israel has wrought. Zvi Bar'el's account in Ha'aretz of the Lebanese prime minister's skill in achieving the resolution is interesting [via Jonathan], but again, may be better appreciated if/when the explosions stop.
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