Lebanon’s government has said that Israeli attacks make it more determined to defend the country. But it was not clear at an emergency cabinet meeting how the administration of President Emile Lahoud would respond. He has urged the international community to work on a ceasefire agreement. “Israel is profiting every day from committing more massacres in Lebanon,” Lahoud said. “This is not acceptable and the whole world knows it. We demand a truce.”
One of Israel’s conditions for ending its offensive is that the Lebanese army takes control of southern Lebanon – but analysts say that’s unlikely as the military is more like a police force and is much less effective than Hezbollah. They say it is in no position to secure the border with Israel.