It’s being claimed that Israel has put plans for its expanded offensive into Lebanon on hold. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wants to give diplomatic forces the opportunity to resolve the crisis, according to the daily newspaper Mariv. Its suggested the decision to suspend the operation was made after midnight, shortly after Olmert’s security cabinet agreed to deepen the month-long attack on Hizbollah rocket positions.
Finding Hizbollah to be a tougher adversary than expected, the Israelis were preparing to redouble their efforts at creating a buffer zone between the two countries. 15 Israeli soldiers died yesterday, along with 40 Hizbollah guerrillas. This, in military terms, was one of the bloodiest days of the conflict so far. Israeli television claimed the bodies of Iranian revolutionary guards were found among the militants. But Hizbollah has denied this.