EU Calls for ‘Immediate End to Hostilities’ in Mideast
A cease-fire only works to Hezbollah’s goals, interests and benefits.
As Stratfor reports
Israel cannot afford to scale back its military plans and allow Hezbollah to raise its stature at the expense of Israeli national security. Admitting defeat to Hezbollah and exposing Israel’s military weakness after years of building up an image of the most formidable military in the region would carry devastating consequences for Israel, and end up fracturing the ruling government. As Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said July 31, “there is no cease-fire and there will be no cease-fire in the coming days.
…and more from Stratfor
Israel needs to sustain its military campaign and move forward with a ground offensive until it can demonstrate a notable degradation in Hezbollah’s capabilities. At that point, an international peacekeeping force can be deployed to southern Lebanon to rebuild a buffer zone for Israel’s northern frontier. Israel might have no confidence in a peacekeeping force’s ability to contain Hezbollah forces, but foreign troops on Lebanese soil could at the very least share the brunt of attacks, giving Israel more room to maneuver in future operations against Hezbollah.
In any case, Israel still has a long way to go before it can commit to a genuine cease-fire.
|Luxembourg’s FM Jean Asselborn, center, arrives for an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels, Tuesday Aug. 1, 2006|
The European Union has called for an “immediate end to hostilities” followed by a “sustainable cease-fire” between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.
Foreign ministers approved the statement Tuesday at a meeting in Brussels, after Britain and Germany objected to a draft calling for an immediate cease-fire.
The statement did not explain the difference between “an immediate end to hostilities” and an “immediate cease-fire.” …[Read more]