I am at a loss for words as to what just happened, that Premier Ehud Olmert has said he will support the current draft of the ceasefire. With polls indicating that over 90% of the Israeli populace support the War (which means that there may be a scathing No Confidence Vote coming up in the Knesset as many members of the Coalition, along with the Opposition support the continuation of this war until we fulfill our objectives), I am surprised that Olmert capitulated to this highly one-sided UN resolution (the UN having not done anything effective since it partitioned western Palestine in 1947). I don't know how to take this. There may be more than meets the eye. I cannot see Olmert conceding defeat, which is how Hisbullah will see this (Egypt sees our ending the Yom Kippur war as a sign of their victory). The fact is that history will indicate that Israel has never lost a war. I don't think this will be an exception. This may be a clever ploy by Israel to say to Hisbullah, "well, we checked off on this, your move". I don't think Hisbullah will accept it. I don't think anything without EXPLICIT Chapter 7 language can be considered a viable option for Israel. I see implicit reference to it, though that may not be the case. The fact that it even mentions the Shebaa Farms (which, along with the Golan Heights is a vital land to hold onto for security purposes and so that Lebanon and Syria don't try to shut off our only fresh water source again (the main cause of the Six Day War)) leads me to continue to believe that the United Nations is no longer an effective and unbiased organization, but rather a puppet to the arab bloc. Kofi Annan is a vassal to radical Muslim terrorists. Kofi, even if you did co-author a book called "Confronting Anti-Semitism" with Elie Wiesel, it doesn't not make you an anti-Semite. I think you need to confont your OWN anti-semitism and come to terms with the fact that you hate Jews and Israel.
It is my belief that if it weren't for the veto-power held by the United States on the Security Council, the Muslims would have a Caliphate right now stretching from England to China.
Olmert did not in fact make a decision speaking for Israel, but must present it to his cabinet on Sunday, recommending they accept it. I would be surprised even if dovish Minister of Defence (SIC, they use British spelling norms) and Labour (ditto) party head-honcho Amir Peretz accepted this one. Regardless of what happens here, UNIFIL will continue to be completely useless sitting ducks, Hisbullah will claim victory, and people will call this Israel's Vietnam (or perhaps refer to it as Israel's War on Terror (but in a diminutive and condescending sense). I don't think this will actually be a true statement thought. Perhaps both sides underestimated each other. Hamas and Hisbullah definitely didn't expect us to respond to their attacks and kidnappings as we did. I don't know if we realized the distance capability of Hisbullah's missiles. It is going to cost all sides billions of dollars, new shekels, and Lebanese pounds (why can't they have an interesting name for their currency?) to rebuild. I hope the world realizes that we have made an attempt to target terrorists, not innocent civilians, while Hisbullah and Hamas have sought out to murder civilians. We're certainly going to keep a closer eye on Iran and Syria and I see a major conflict with them in the very near future.
For now, let's sit back and see what happens. Israel will not fail.