ABC News is reporting that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has announced that he will recommend acceptance of the cease fire deal working its way through the United Nations Security Council:
JERUSALEM Aug 11, 2006 (AP)? Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has accepted an emerging Mideast cease-fire deal and informed the United States of his decision, Israeli officials said Friday.
Olmert will recommend that his government approve the deal in its meeting on Sunday, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief journalists on the internal discussions.
It was not immediately clear whether Israel’s expanded ground offensive would be frozen. Defense officials said it appeared the campaign would be halted.
As things stand right now, I’m not sure whether this is a good development or not. My gut reaction is that the best possibile outcome would have been Israel destroying Hezbollah’s ability to fight, but they have obviously been unable to do that. Even if this cease fire works, Hezbollah will continue to exist as a fighting force, which arguably means that the war has merely been put on hold, not ended. What the consequences of this will be for the future only time will tell, but I don’t think it will be good for Israel or the United States.
Update: Rick Moran has another post about the cease fire deal that is pessimistic to say the least:
Welcome to the new Middle East, a place where purposefully ordering the launching of thousands upon thousands of lethal rockets into towns and villages with the sole and exclusive goal of killing as many civilians as possible makes one a hero to the overwhelming majority of its people rather than a monster to be stoned in the street on sight. It is also a tactic that has been green lighted by the United Nations in that they have given these gleeful, murderous, rocketeers the opportunity to start their bombardment all over again just as soon as the international community loses interest and moves on to the next outrage that the world body also will be unable to do anything to stop.
A true United Nations, one that would live up to one tenth of the noble sentiments contained in its charter, would have voted to join with Israel to destroy Hizbullah. In fact, their actions have now enabled the terrorists to look forward to round two in their genocidal war against the Jews.
For make no mistake, this ?cease fire? is nothing of the sort. It is a pause in Hizbullah?s undeclared war on the Jewish state that has been going on since Israel voluntarily left southern Lebanon in 2000. The aggression from Hizbullah didn?t start with their incursion into Israel?s territory on July 12. It has been going on for more than two years with nary a peep from this same international community that now seeks to dictate to Israel how it should best defend itself. Where was the outrage when Hizbullah carried out unprovoked attacks on IDF outposts? Where were the tears from these slobbering humanitarians when Hizbullah infiltrated suicide bombers across the border in order to kill Israeli children?
As I said, I’m reserving judgment on this for now, but if anyone starts talking about “peace in our time”, I’ll start hitting the panic button.