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ABC (Australia) reports that Israel has now sent ground troops into Lebanon. The Israeli Army says they are “restricted, pinpoint attacks”, although they also have “not ruled out the possibility of a major land offensive at some stage”. This link on the ABC site has regular updates on events on the Middle East.
The Open Democracy site has a lot of articles on the Middle East from a range of perspectives, going back quite some time. This latest one by Paul Rogers says that “Israel’s intransigence and the United States’s indulgence make the prospects for peace minimal.”
Richard Cohen writes a confronting piece in the Washington Post, stating that “The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake. It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable, but the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims (and some Christians) has produced a century of warfare and terrorism of the sort we are seeing now. Israel fights Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south, but its most formidable enemy is history itself.”
From Online Opinion – “As Lebanon bleeds: a savage and unwinnable gambit” by Pierre Tristam;
Another piece on Online Opinion by Nahum Ayliffe says “the old argments have become redundant.”
Some reporting from the Israeli city of Heifawhich has been under attack, including quotes from locals – “I lost friends, Jews and Arabs who worked together“.
David Clark in The Guardian writes that “The West must recognise that Israel’s agenda is in conflict with its own.”