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Is Hezbollah Sinking the Cease-Fire?

The Arabs, said the Israeli politician Abba Eban, “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” The news this morning that the Hezbollah ministers in the Lebanese cabinet have said they’re keeping their weapons in South Lebanon — despite the language of the U.N. ceasefire — may be the most recent fulfillment of Eban’s dictum. All Hezbollah has to do is keep quiet and smile and it will not be disarmed by the Lebanese army or the “robust international force” or anybody else. If it chooses this kind of open, in-your-face provocation, the ceasefire dies, Israel goes all-out and Hezbollah is mortally wounded.

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