An Israeli ground and air operation is under way near Baalbek in Lebanon , a Hezbollah stronghold more than 100km (60 miles) north of the Israeli border. Israeli forces have also pushed deeper into south Lebanon aiming to set up what Israel dubs a "security zone". All this after hope for a ceasefire would be called yesterday. Now, Israel said it would resume air strikes after a 48-hour partial halt, after the Israeli security cabinet on unanimously approved widening Israel's ground offensive in Lebanon.
While most of the world wants an end to the fighting most international citizens have underestimated the resolve and support of the Israeli public. This is something that Secretary Rice must understand if, indeed, a cease-fire will occur in days as she announced.