Hostilities may have ended between Israel and Lebanon but a diplomatic row has broken out over claims by Ehud Olmert that he made numerous offers of peace talks to the Lebanese government. Speaking during a visit to schools in the north of his country, the Israeli Prime Minister said the proposals were not accepted by his Lebanese counterpart Fouad Siniora.
A Lebanese government source denied any knowledge of talks offers and described Olmert’s comments as “propaganda”. Lebanese politicians have staged a sit-in for a second day in the parliament in Beirut in protest at Israel’s continuing air and sea blockade of the country. They say it is in violation of the UN resolution which brought an end to the conflict in mid-August.