I just had a call from Jerusalem and have been informed by a senior source inside the Israeli government that Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will abide by the terms of the UN Resolution which has support of all the key members of the UN Security Council.
This Resolution — while only a Chapter 6 non-binding resolution — calls for withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon while a 15,000 member Lebanon military force monitors Israel’s pull-out. The Resolution also calls for Hezbollah and Israel to immediately cease hostilities and offensive military operations.
More on this later, but Israel’s nod of deference is positive, even if fragile. And we still need to see if Hezbollah behaves or defies this diplomatic effort out of the mess that Hezbollah’s incursion into Israel helped trigger.
— Steve Clemons