Israeli Prime Minister Accepts Cease-Fire Deal

Hours before a UN Security Council vote both Israel and Lebanon have indicated they will accept a cease-fire deal put together by the U.S. and France.

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has accepted an emerging Mideast cease-fire deal and informed the United States of his decision, Israeli officials said Friday.

Olmert will recommend that his government approve the deal in its meeting on Sunday, said Gideon Meir, a senior official in the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Meir said the military offensive in Lebanon would continue for the time being. It was not immediately clear if it would be halted after the U.N. Security Council vote on the cease-fire deal later Friday, or only after the Israeli Cabinet has endorsed it.

Evelyn Leopold at Independent Online details the emerging understanding of the erms of the deal.

The draft resolution, forged on the same day Israel ordered an expansion of its ground offensive, calls for an immediate “cessation of hostilities” followed by a phased withdrawal of Israeli units as the Lebanese army and an expanded UN peacekeeping force move into the south.

Left undefined is the disarming of Hezbollah, which if not addressed will make the whole thing worthless…

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