Hezbollah and Lebanon blatantly violate the cease-fire without a peep from the UN.
Hizbullah will not hand over its weapons to the Lebanese government but rather refrain from exhibiting them publicly, according to a new compromise that is reportedly brewing between Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Seniora and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
The UN cease-fire resolution specifically demands the demilitarization of the area south of the Litani river. The resolution was approved by the Lebanese cabinet.
In a televised address on Monday night, Nasrallah declared that now was not the time to debate the disarmament of his guerrilla fighters, saying the issue should be done in secret sessions of the government to avoid serving Israeli interests.
“This is immoral, incorrect and inappropriate,” he said. “It is wrong timing on the psychological and moral level particularly before the cease-fire,” he said in reference to calls from critics for the guerrillas to disarm.
According to Lebanon’s defense minister, Elias Murr, “There will be no other weapons or military presence other than the army” after Lebanese troops move south of the Litani. However, he then contradicted himself by saying the army would not ask Hizbullah to hand over its weapons.
With Lebanon allowing Hezbollah to remain armed, Israeli troops need to stay in Lebanon instead of what they are currently doing, which is pulling out.
Update: Check out Caroline Glicks’ piece, which says that Olmert’s government must go. Ms. Glick writes the Bush Administration lost faith in Israel’s leadership and its ability to defeat Hezbollah. She makes a compelling argument that is shared by many people.
Update II: Howard Mortman quotes Jeff Greenfield on Imus this morning. Here’s a portion:
DeKlerk gave up, in the best possible sense, South Afirca – he said, ‘we can’t keep this going any more.’ The colonial forces, the British and French and others said we can’t run this part of the world anymore.
Essentially Mikhail Gorbachev gave up that malicious dream of a totalitarian state could change the world.
And in the American south, the white southerners, the segregationists, they were made to give up, said you know what, we can’t do this anymore. So the question I get is, who gives up what?”
If it were only that simple. Israel has already given up a lot. It withdrew from the Gaza Strip, part of the West Bank, and Southern Lebanon. Yet, Hezbollah and its allies still are not happy. Hezbollah, on the other hand, refuses to give up its weapons, its power, or its intent to destroy Israel.
What’s going on between Israel and Hezbollah is much larger and more difficult to solve than by one side giving up something. This is about Islamofascists who think that Israel’s existence is an affront to their religion and will not stop until Israel is annihilated. How does Israel negotiate with an organization like that?