Lebanon

  • As States Discuss Outlines of Force for Lebanon, the Options Seem Grim

    Nations that would join a multinational force to patrol the Israel-Lebanon cease-fire face what appears to be a grim Hobson’s choice: Join, and face the likelihood of catastrophe; decline, and face the likelihood of catastrophe. The arguments over whether and how to expand the size and capabilities of the hapless UNIFIL force currently in place… More ▸

  • In Austria, the War in Lebanon Provided Fodder for Anti-semites

    Right-wing Austrian firebrand Joerg Haider has emerged with a vengeance in the wake of Israel’s war with Hezbollah, calling Vienna’s top Jewish leader a “Zionist provocateur” and demanding the ouster of Israel’s ambassador. Commentators agree that Israel’s monthlong war with the Lebanese terrorist group emboldened the extreme-right segment of Austrian society that Haider represents, which… More ▸

  • A Whole New World: Germany Debates Sending Troops to Lebanon

    With Germany considering offering peacekeeping troops in southern Lebanon, politicians and Jewish leaders are weighing in on what the German army’s role should be. The once-theoretical question of whether Germans in uniforms should help patrol southern Lebanon has taken on a practical urgency since Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert earlier this month asked for German… More ▸

  • U.N. Security Council Approves Resolution to Halt Lebanon Conflict

    NEW YORK, Aug. 13 — The United Nations Security Council approved this resolution, calling for an Israeli-Hezbollah cease-fire, last Friday. It was approved by the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday, and was to be implemented on Monday. RESOLUTION 1701, U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL The Security Council, PP1. Recalling all its previous resolutions on Lebanon, in particular resolutions… More ▸

  • Despite War Toll, Some Christians in Lebanon Support Israel’s Goals

    As Israel pounds Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon with bombs, artillery fire and advancing ground troops, some Lebanese at home and abroad are quietly applauding Israel’s offensive. Most Lebanese oppose Israel’s widespread bombardment of the country, and even those in the past who called for Hezbollah’s disarmament have, in the face of Israel’s military assault,… More ▸

  • Across the Former Soviet Union Some Armenian Jews Afraid As Country Takes in Hundreds of Lebanese Re

    Armenia’s Jewish community is bracing for a possible wave of anti-Semitism as hundreds of Lebanese Armenians taking refuge from the fighting in southern Lebanon stream into the former Soviet republic. Weeks after Israel began its retaliation against Hezbollah forces, more than 500 Lebanese Armenians and Armenian nationals living in Lebanon had arrived in Yerevan, Armenia’s… More ▸

  • U.N. Talks of ‘robust’ Lebanon Force, but What, Exactly, Does That Mean?

    The search for the perfect buffer force in southern Lebanon increasingly sounds like one of the loaded but vague words one sees in personals ads: “Robust” sounds nice, but what does it really mean? A buffer force is the next step in securing an end to Israel’s war against Hezbollah in Lebanon, but diplomats now… More ▸

  • Israeli Reservists Think of Home As They Fight Hezbollah in Lebanon

    Serving as part of Israel’s offensive in southern Lebanon has raised several major concerns for Avi, a 34-year-old social worker turned reserve soldier. First, there’s the risk of Hezbollah sniper fire and mortar barrages. Then there’s the chafing from the ill-fitting boots Avi was issued in the rush of his regiment’s eight-hour call-up notice. But… More ▸

  • Suddenly, Washington Sees That Iraq, Lebanon Issues Are Linked

    A funny thing is happening on Israel’s way into Lebanon: Its war with Hezbollah is converging politically with the civil war now convulsing Iraq. In Baghdad, tens of thousands of Shi’ite marchers swore allegiance last week to their Hezbollah co-religionists; some even pledged their lives. “Mahdi Army and Hezbollah are one, let them confront us… More ▸

  • While World Watches Lebanon, Fighting Continues to Rage in Gaza

    As world scrutiny focuses on Israel’s offensive in Lebanon, fierce fighting continues against Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip. As in the North, where Hezbollah kidnapped two soldiers and took them to Lebanon, Israel so far has failed to retrieve Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped in a deadly June 25 raid by Gazan gunmen…. More ▸