Hope?

Maybe … just maybe … something positive can come out of Israel’s bombing of the UN Peacekeepers.

Maybe … just maybe … this incident can be the impetus of a successful push for an overdue ceasefire.

The hundreds of deaths of hundreds of Lebanese civilians and tens of Israeli civilians wasn’t considered sufficient but its hard to hide behind a “human shield” argument when UN Peacekeepers are blown out of a well-known observation tower.

Now since I’m searching for a silver lining. Let’s look at some other signs for hope …

The New York Times reported that Israel is apparently willing to accept an international peacekeeping force on the Lebanese border. This represents a sea change for Israel which has long opposed such forces.

Another important concession from Israel is its apparent willingness to include the Sheeba Farms issue on the table. What? You are not aware of the Sheeba Farms issue? Well, get on over to Liberal Oasis and read Bill Sher’s excellent work on this issue here and especially here.

Finally, Kevin Drum has some hopeful news of a possible breakthrough on the also-raging Gaza incursion.

Check it all out.

I am cautiuos as all the signs of hope come solely in the form of words while today’s actions have continued this human catastrophe.

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