Yesterday the inevitable happened. We all knew that at one point or another our troops would inadvertently kill the Lebanese civilians that Hizballah has in effect taken hostage in south Lebanon. (Although there is a serious question about some of the facts of the incident. The IAF attacked the building at 1:00 am, and the ambulances - along with the media - didn't get to the scene until the next morning. There are questions about when exactly the building collapsed...was it from the IAF or from explosives set off in the building afterwards?)
And yes, the Arab world did its best to push for an immediate ceasefire, and a condemnation in the UN Security Council.
And yes, some on the left will try to use the incident to drum up opposition to the war.
Well, there is a very temporary ceasefire - the IAF will supposedly stop attacking for 48 hours (as of 2:00am today - namely about 5 hours ago). Unless they know that there will be an imminent attack, in which case they will attack anyway.
This means to me that the pilots get a well deserved rest.
Another part of this ceasefire is the additional 24 hours that Israel is giving the civilians to get out of the south, supposedly with the help of the UN (which they obviously should have been doing already). This is an excellent development, because now the responsibility for the innocent civilians has been firmly placed on the UN, and if another incident of this type occurs, they will be to blame.
The UN Security Council issued a strongly worded statement, but they held back from an official condemnation.
Hizballah has used its only real weapon against us, and it didn't work out as well as it was supposed to.
The only question is how much this will affect our politician's resolve to finish the war as they have originally stated. So far Amir Peretz and Ehud Olmert have said that we need between 10 days to 2 weeks to finish off Hizballah, which is a good sign.
My only worry, is not for Israelis but more for others.I am afraid of the increased violence against Jews in other countries in the world. Take care of yourselves!