• 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸