UN needs to remain optimistic

The ceasefire in Lebanon between Israel and Hezbollah is holding, despite the initial pessimism in many quarters.

19th August, 2006

The ceasefire in Lebanon between Israel and Hezbollah is holding, despite the initial pessimism in many quarters. There is a strong feeling that it came, not at the behest of the United Nations, but only when both sides decided that they had had enough.

Israel was patently not achieving its declared objectives of destroying Hezbollah and its ability to fire rockets into northern Israel, or forcing the return of its captured soldiers. It succeeded in...

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