Eye for an Eye
The international momentum for a ceasefire may be growing but on the ground in the Middle East, people don't hold out much hope. We assess how the situation deteriorated so badly.
Until recently, Israel's third largest city of Haifa was relatively prosperous and peaceful. Then Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers and launched a string of rocket attacks. "These are the actions of a country attacking Israel for no reason and no provocation," proclaimed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, unleashing the might of the Israeli army on Lebanon. In response, Hezbollah's leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, warned Israel: "You wanted an open war and we are going into an open war. War at every level!" Now, for the first time, Haifa has come into range. "I saw terrible things - eight or nine bodies", states one resident, describing the aftermath of a rocket attack. "People are living in fear in Israel now." Israel refuses to end its offensive until Hezbollah is disarmed and removed from Southern Lebanon. "Israel sees this as an opportunity to really finish Hamas and Hezbollah forever," claims one lawyer. But with Hezbollah so deeply ensconced in Lebanese society, many question whether this can be achieved.FULL SYNOPSIS