Livni was correct. Only by moving simultaneously on the diplomatic & military front could Israel hope to win peace out of Hezbollah?s war. Israel should have used Livni & Peres to talk with Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, France, and even the Lebanese government. Yes, even Lebanon with its two Hezbollah cabinet members. Only by approaching Lebanon & other Arab countries could Israel at once pound Hezbollah in the field and marginalize them diplomatically. Israel should be on Lebanon's side in the sense that both it and the majority of the Lebanese want Hezbollah crushed. Israel should have approached Lebanon with a plan to squeeze Hezbollah with the understanding that this rapprochement would eventually lead to a Lebanese-Israeli peace accord. Lebanon's majority (Druze, Christians, and Sunnis) could exist without fear from the state within the state attacking modernity or multiculturalism or dragging it to another war. Israel could move one step closer to peace on all sides.
First refugees travelling on Hungarian bus arrive at Austrian border (Reuters)
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