BREAKING: Israel To Suspend Air Strikes For 48 Hours
Israel has agreed to a 48-hour suspension of aerial activity in south Lebanon while it investigates an attack on a Lebanese village that killed a number of children, U.S. State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said Sunday.
The airstrike killed at least 56 Lebanese, mostly women and children, when it leveled a building where they had taken shelter. The deadliest attack in nearly three weeks of warfare forced Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to cut short a Mideast mission and increased world pressure on the United States to back an end to the fighting.
The stunning bloodshed pushed American peace efforts to a crucial juncture, as fury at the United States flared in Lebanon, which said it no longer would negotiate a U.S. peace package without an unconditional cease-fire. U.N. chief Kofi Annan sharply criticized world leaders _ implicitly Washington _ for ignoring his previous calls to stop the violence.
This seems like a smart move by Israel for the purposes of quelling the international angst that has been created by this air strike. Of course, this is a victory for Hezbollah and might be beneficial for the organization in the short term, however, I doubt seriously that this could somehow result in a cease-fire that will end Israel’s assault against Hezbollah for good.
UPDATE: More here.