The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a new resolution calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. Some observers say too little too late, while others are more optomistic.
Resolution 1701 calls for "a full cessation of hostilities", and UN and Lebanese troops to replace Israeli forces in southern Lebanon. The US Secretary of State said the deal should "open a path to lasting peace between Lebanon and Israel" reported by CNN.
The governments of both countries are expected to discuss the resolution at cabinet meetings over the weekend. However, hours before the vote, Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ordered his army to prepare to widen its offensive in southern Lebanon. This action shows the intent of Israel as well as the hollowness of the resolution. Israel is not willing to stop fighting, because, sadly, Hezbollah will not follow such a cease-fire. So, in short, the fighting will continue as all sides are pressured into stopping the violence.
The historical and political perspectives on this current conflict are being written daily but unless the United Nations will be able to effectively backup Resolution 1701 it will be remembered that the Israeli-Hezbollah-Hamas War of 2006 was the death of the UN.