Israeli soldiers carry their injured comrade by the Israel-Lebanon border. Israel launched an 11th hour bid to crush Hezbollah with waves of deadly air strikes and the Shiite fighters unleashed a barrage of rockets, just hours before a UN-brokered ceasefire was due to take effect.
Crucial Lebanese cabinet talks on disarming Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon under a UN-brokered ceasefire have been put off.
A truce between Israel and Hezbollah is due to come into force at 0500 GMT.
The postponement, amid reported divisions, seriously complicates the establishment of a stable ceasefire, the BBC’s Nick Childs in Beirut says.
Israel’s cabinet has backed the truce, but says its forces will not leave until peacekeepers are deployed.
Mark Malloch Brown, the UN’s Deputy Secretary General, said it might take a month before a joint UN-Lebanese force was fully in place.
Flap guarantees that there will be NO cease-fire at the United Nations deadline.
Lebanon has cowered to the demands of Hezbollah and is not demanding Hezbollah’s disarming.
Lebanon’s cabinet indefinitely postponed its meeting.
After five hours of discussions on Saturday, it had agreed to accept a UN Security Council ceasefire resolution with reservations.
The second gathering was meant to consider the details of implementation.
However, the issue of Hezbollah’s disarmament and its military presence in southern Lebanon continues to cause major tensions within the fragile government, our correspondent reports.
He says that without a meeting and an agreed plan, it seems that the deployment of 15,000 Lebanese army troops to the south is unlikely to go ahead.
Even if the planned ceasefire happens, the prospects of continuing skirmishes on the ground will remain high, he adds.
Hezbollah, a member of the government, says it will abide by the resolution but retains the right to continue attacks until the last Israeli soldier has left Lebanese soil.
Lebanon’s failure to act should be a sign to Israeli Prime Minister to finish the job and disarm Hezbollah. Why accept a cease-fire when only Israel will abide by the United Nations terms?
From Flap’s prespective there is NO cease-fire agreement and Israel should proceed to militarily neutralize and physically disarm Hezbollah.
This cease-fire agreement was bad for Israel and bad for the United States in the Global War on Terror.
Hezbollah was called out and performed as expected.
Will the United Nations try again?
Cars burn following a rocket attack by Hezbollah militiamen on the northern coastal port of Haifa. Israel launched an 11th hour bid to crush Hezbollah with waves of deadly air strikes and the Shiite fighters unleashed a barrage of rockets, just hours before a UN-brokered ceasefire was due to take effect.
Captain Ed has BBC: Lebanon Refuses To Disarm Hezbollah
As expected, Nasrallah and Siniora have let Israel off the hook — and provided the political cover for further military action against both. If Lebanon refuses to abide by the terms of the cease-fire, expect the UN Security Council to wash its hands of the issue.
Stay tuned for the ceae-fire deadline? in a few hours……
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