In the first few hours of the cease-fire, there were no Hezbollah rockets fired on northern Israel, and Israeli artillery fell silent for the first time in many days. There were reports of fighting in southern Lebanon, but refugees were streaming back into devastated towns despite Israel's ban on travel. At the UN, diplomats were struggling to put together a credible 15,000-person peace-keeping force to restrain both sides in a crisis that may not be over for some time to come. Both sides are claiming victory, but Israeli Prime Ehud Minister Olmert is under heavy criticism from the left and the right. Will Hezbollah willingly disarm under the watch of international peacekeepers?
Farah Stockman, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Boston Globe
Steven Erlanger, New York Times (@StevenErlanger)
Yossi Klein Halevi, Israel Correspondent, New Republic
Akiva Eldar, Political Columnist, Ha'aretz
Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times (@borzou )
Judith Palmer Harik, retired Professor of Political Science, American University of Beirut