Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert previously insisted that UN Security Council Resolution 1701 ending the Second Lebanon War was a major achievement for Israel, but on Wednesday his government admitted that the imposed ceasefire has turned out to be a charade that has placed Israel in even greater danger.
Following hours of briefings by the heads of Israel's military and intelligence community, members of the security cabinet declared that 1701 is a failure, and that the long-term outcome of the 2006 war cannot be seen as beneficial to the Jewish state.
Government officials cited by The Jerusalem Post said that Hizballah, the Lebanese terrorist militia against which Israel fought the war, has replenished its numbers on the ground in southern Lebanon, and has trebled the number of missiles it has deployed and pointed at Israel.
In a transparent effort to avoid punitive action under 1701, Hizballah's fighters in southern Lebanon no longer wear military fatigues and most of its missiles are deployed north of the Litani River. However, Israeli officials said Hizballah's missile arsenal can still blanket northern Israel even at its current range.
Resolution 1701 prohibits the transfer of arms to Hizballah and demands that the group disarm and withdraw from southern Lebanon. The UN deployed an additional 10,000 peacekeepers to southern Lebanon to ensure implementation of the resolution. But like the forces that were there prior to the war, the beefed up UN army has categorically failed in its mission.
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