"The Lebanese government ordered the army to "insure respect" for the Blue Line, the U.N.-demarcated border between Lebanon and Israel, and "apply the existing laws with regard to any weapons outside the authority of the Lebanese state."
That provision does not require Hezbollah to give up its arms, but rather directs them to keep them off the streets.
The Cabinet session to implement the cease-fire was twice delayed because two Hezbollah members of the government objected to enforcement of the key U.N. demand that the guerrilla force be disarmed.
Hezbollah's top official in south Lebanon issued the strongest indication yet that the guerrillas would not disarm in the region or withdraw, but rather melt into the local population and hide their weapons. " Yahoo
How Lebanese! Mabrouk!
Lebanon is a country which remains more of a geographical expression than anything else. Created as a kind of "reservation" for the Maronite Christians by the French, it has never really come together as a nation-state, although the Israelis are making more progress in uniting the citizens of Lebanon than has been seen before.
This will be the solution: The Lebanese Army, the French led UNIFIL+, and the Hizbullah army will co-exist in an unhappy but more or less amicable co-dominium for the foreseeable future. Resolution 1701 will be satisfied and from the point of view of the Lebanese, honor will be satisfied.
(This is General Pellegrini the commander of UNIFIL+)
Only the United States and Israel will be left to contemplate the frustrations of their hopes and plans in baffled anger.
Will the armed conflict be renewed at some future date? Of course it will. More importantly the strategic deterrent of both Israel and the United States has been badly damaged and from that much evil will come.
How could Israel have been so foolish as to believe what it evidently did believe? After all these years of study of the Arabs and Lebanon...