UNITED NATIONS – The United States and France agreed Saturday on a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that calls for a halt to the fighting between Israel and Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas, but would allow Israel to defend itself if attacked.
The draft, sent to the entire Security Council for consideration, “calls for a full cessation of hostilities based upon, in particular, the immediate cessation by Hezbollah of all attacks and the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations.”
Israel, backed by the U.S., has insisted it must have the right to respond if Hezbollah launches missiles against it. France and many other nations had demanded an immediate halt to the fighting without conditions as a way to push the region back toward stability.
The agreement broke weeks of deadlock as the U.N. Security Council had failed to take any significant action to stop the violence, primarily because of opposition from the United States, Israel’s closest ally.
The US and France, agreeing on anything? Hard for me to wrap my brain around. Even though the greatest US ambassador to the UN in, well – forever*, John Bolton, is touting the agreement, I’m finding a hard time finding anything to jump for joy on regarding the particulars. I mean, again – the US and France agreeing?
I will say this, though: in the end, it’s all about what Israel feels is right and necessary to do to protect its interests. The US shouldn’t expect Israel to bide by the will of the UN anymore than we did over the issue of Iraq.
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