The US and France have agreed on a peace plan! Now all we need to do is get Hezbollah and Israel on board, and away we go!
Very late in the story the Times says this:
Israel has said it wants to keep fighting for two weeks or more to degrade Hezbollah’s military strength and its ability to launch rockets over the border. Hezbollah says it will not agree to a cease-fire until all Israeli troops pull out. Each is desperately seeking to claim victory.
Originally, the United States was widely seen as publicly stalling any diplomatic efforts at a cease-fire to give Israel more time to weaken Hezbollah.
But that appears to have changed as Hezbollah has proved a determined enemy, emerging as heroes in the Arab and Muslim worlds, and as Israel’s destruction of Lebanon’s infrastructure and the mounting civilian casualties here have brought increased international criticism.
I'm stumped - since a clear Israeli "victory" looks increasingly unlikely, is the US offering Israel a face-saving way out - Israel quit fighting because we pressured them, not because they wanted to?
And which nations will be providing