NEW YORK (Apr. 28)
The U.S.-brokered cease-fire understanding reached last Friday between Israel and Lebanon includes the following:
Armed groups in Lebanon will not carry out attacks using Katyusha rockets — or any kind of weapon — on Israel.
Israel and those cooperating with it will not fire any kind of weapon at civilians or civilian targets in Lebanon.
Beyond this, the two parties commit to ensuring that under no circumstances will civilians be the target of attack and that civilian-populated areas and industrial and electrical installations will not be used as launching grounds for attacks.
Without violating this understanding, nothing herein shall preclude any party from exercising the right of self-defense.
A monitoring group — to consist of the United States, France, Syria, Lebanon and Israel — will monitor the application of the agreement.
The understanding also recognizes that a comprehensive peace in the region can be achieved only on the basis of negotiations between Israel and Lebanon and Israel and Syria and that such negotiations can only occur in an atmosphere of calm and stability.