After Southern Lebanon, what about the Palestinians?

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UN Security Council Resolution 1701 stopped the fighting in southern Lebanon with the promise that France would help enforce it by leading a 15,000 member peacekeeping source. Today, the French newspaper LeMonde reported that France is scaling back - to a "symbolic" contingent of 10 officers and 200 engineers. Evelyn Leopold is United Nations Bureau Chief for the Reuters news service joins in discussion. The success of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon has been a blow to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. How will it effect the divided leadership in the West Bank and Gaza? Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have been discussing a "unity government" at the same time some of their factions have been exchanging gunfire. There---s also been talk of dissolving civilian institutions and demanding that Israel maintain order.



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton