Looks like diplomacy is going to get a foothold.
When the current conflict in the north ends, Israel will demand disarmament arrangements in Lebanon that will prevent Hezbollah from renewing its military capabilities.
According to political sources in Jerusalem, Israel will not agree to a return to the security situation that existed on the eve of the outbreak of the fighting. Nor would Israel agree to a cease-fire in the area as this would be tantamount to a Hezbollah victory, the sources said.
The sources in Jerusalem believe the fighting in the north will cease toward the end of the current week on Thursday or Friday.
Israels principal concern is that after the fighting, Hezbollah will take advantage of the cease-fire to restore its military capabilities to purchase rockets and other arms, to retrain its forces and renew its threat to the Israeli home front.
A return to the status quo is unacceptable, and I think that was the message of the past week’s bombing missions.
Then again, Israel called up three reserve units to free up soldiers for work in Lebanon. Don’t count on this week being the end of hostilities.