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By Admin, PBS NewsHour
In a harsh assessment of Israel's war with Hezbollah last July, an independent panel accused Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of "severe failure in the lack of judgment, responsibility and caution."…
By PBS NewsHour
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan visited Jerusalem Wednesday, calling for the removal of Israel's air and sea blockade of Lebanon. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rebuffed the request until all ceasefire terms are met, including the release of two Israeli soldiers.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced that the European Union had agreed to provide 7,000 troops, or nearly half the expanded peacekeeping force, to southern Lebanon. Analysts discuss the U.N. mission.
The United States plans to present another U.N. resolution on disarming Hezbollah in southern Lebanon in an effort to flesh out a peacekeeping plan for the region and break an impasse in the international body.
Photographers Tyler Hicks and Rina Castelnuovo of The New York Times describe their experiences covering the Middle East conflict over the last month in Lebanon and Israel.
President Jacques Chirac said France would only deploy 400 troops to Lebanon even as U.N. officials said they hoped for more troops from the country slated to lead the force to end the clashes between Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah militants.
France agreed Wednesday to lead a U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, while the Lebanese cabinet voted to start moving 15,000 troops to the region. U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown discusses the U.N. effort.
Israel began pulling its troops out of southern Lebanon Tuesday and made plans to hand over territory to U.N. peacekeeping forces and the Lebanese army on the second day of a delicate cease-fire tested by skirmishes and rocket fire.
Of the nearly 2 million North American Jews -- including 17,000 students -- who expected to travel to Israel this summer, many found themselves caught up amid the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict while others headed toward the fighting to provide moral support.
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