A senior Israeli official has stated they will halt their war on Monday at 7:00 AM. Both sides have accepted the UN cease-fire deal in hopes to end
the heavy fighting that has raged on for weeks. The UN resolution authorizes 15,000 troops to be stationed in Southern Lebanon to help keep stability
in the region.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel will halt its war in Lebanon at 7 a.m. Monday (midnight EDT Sunday night), a senior Israeli government official said
Saturday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly on the sensitive matter. Israel's Cabinet
was to endorse the U.N. cease-fire resolution later Sunday.
Israeli helicopters, meanwhile, flew hundreds of commandos into the Hezbollah heartland, and some army units reached the Litani River on Saturday as
both sides indicated they would accept the U.N. cease-fire plan to stop heavy fighting still raging in southern Lebanon.
In an interview with Israel Television, Rice said that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan "is working with the parties to establish a timetable for
the cease-fire, but I would hope that within no more than a day or so that there would be a cessation of the hostilities on the ground." Rice also
said she believes that the cease-fire deal enhances Israel's security.
The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday seeking a "full cessation" of violence between Israel and Hezbollah, offering the region
its best chance yet for peace after a month of fighting that has killed nearly 900 people. The resolution, adopted unanimously, authorizes 15,000 U.N.
peacekeepers to help Lebanese troops take control of south Lebanon as Israeli forces that have occupied the area withdraw.
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Well it took a good five or so weeks, but the end is finally drawing near. Unfortunately the fate of the missing soldiers is as of yet unknown, and
has not even been mentioned for quite some time. Perhaps now they can negotiate with diplomacy the release of these soldiers. I hate to know what its
goign to cost to repair the country now, especially considering the massive oil spill that has plagued the once beautiful coastline.
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