The Deal on the Table
This leaked version of the Security Council resolution makes a great deal of sense to me, which is why Lebanon and Hezbollah will reject it. Fine. Diplomatic foot-dragging from Hezbollah will only enable Israel to continue its task of degrading their military infrastructure. Money quote:
Calls for Israel and Lebanon to support a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution based on the following principles and elements:
* strict respect by all parties for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Israel and Lebanon;
* full respect for the Blue Line by both parties;
* delineation of the international borders of Lebanon, especially in those areas where the border is disputed or uncertain, including in the Shebaa farms area;
* security arrangements to prevent the resumption of hostilities, including the establishment between the Blue Line and the Litani river of an area free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Lebanese armed and security forces and of UN mandated international forces deployed in this area;
* full implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords and of resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1680 (2006) that require the disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon, so that, pursuant to the Lebanese cabinet decision of July 27, 2006, there will be no weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that of the Lebanese state;
* deployment of an international force in Lebanon, consistent with paragraph 10 below;
* establishment of an international embargo on the sale or supply of arms and related material to Lebanon except as authorized by its government;
* elimination of foreign forces in Lebanon without the consent of its government;
* provision to the United Nations of remaining maps of land mines in Lebanon in Israel's possession.
A sane response, and it's very encouraging the French signed off.