Lebanon

  • As Efforts Gain Steam for Cease-fire, Israel Lebanon Differ on the Details

    International efforts to end Israel-Hezbollah fighting moved into high gear after the tragic killing of civilians in Kana, but there remain fundamental differences between Israel and Lebanon over what needs to be done next. The Lebanese want an immediate cease-fire, and only then to start talking about new arrangements on the ground and a prisoner… More ▸

  • World Condemns Israeli Attack After Strike Kills 54 Civilians in Lebanon

    A civilian tragedy in Lebanon caused by an Israeli airstrike has cast doubt on any chance of bringing a quick end to almost three weeks of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah. An Israeli airstrike against suspected rocket crews Sunday in southern Lebanon killed dozens of civilians in their sleep, shocking the international community just as… More ▸

  • In Congress, Concern over Lebanon Threatens to Overshadow Terrorism Bill

    The U.S. Congress’ recent preoccupation with Israel’s war in Lebanon could abort what had been this year’s signature victory for some pro-Israel lobbyists: The Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act. JTA has learned that congressional staffers are in a last-minute rush to reconcile divergences in different versions of a bill that aims to severely restrict assistance to the… More ▸

  • Crisis in Lebanon Sends Israel Back to the Drawing Board in West Bank

    Just more than two weeks into the war in Lebanon, there is a growing consensus that one of the chief casualties will be Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plan for a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. Pundits on the right and left argue that the war in Lebanon and fighting with the Palestinians in… More ▸

  • G-8 Unity on Lebanon Eroding As France, U.N. Push for Quick Truce

    Coming out of the G-8 summit, the international community stood as one behind Israel’s right to defend itself against Hezbollah aggression. How long that unity lasts depends on how long Hezbollah is able to keep “doing this shit,” in President Bush’s unwittingly recorded and already legendary phrase. Just days after hard-edged U.S. diplomacy pulled Russia,… More ▸

  • Five Years After Leaving Lebanon, Israelis Divided on Wisdom of Move

    Five years after Israel completed its withdrawal from Lebanon, the jury is still out on whether then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak made the right strategic choice in pulling back troops without an agreement with Lebanon and Syria. Despite the pullback, border tensions still flare up from time to time. On Monday, the day of the anniversary,… More ▸

  • As Lebanese Elections Approach, Hezbollah Faces an Identity Crisis

    Hezbollah’s most valuable asset in Lebanon’s election campaign is none other than its historic foe, Israel. On the eve of elections scheduled to begin May 29, Hezbollah is trying to retain its pose as the ultimate guardian of Lebanese interests vis-a-vis Israel, stoking a flare-up along the border with Israel last week. On May 9,… More ▸

  • As Syria Unwillingly Leaves Lebanon, the Power Balance Continues to Shift

    As Syria formally pulled its troops out of Lebanon last month, the Lebanese and the Syrian chiefs of staffs gave speeches to mark the occasion. The words they used were flowery, but their faces were grim. The military ceremony at Rayak, an air force base in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, marked the end of Syria’s control… More ▸