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Last Updated: Monday, 31 July 2006, 16:34 GMT 17:34 UK
Monday, 31 July, 2006
By Liz Gibbons
Programme producer, BBC Newsnight

Presented by Jeremy Paxman

Peace?

Mosque in southern Lebanon
The fighting continues in southern Lebanon

The Israelis said last night they would suspend their bombardment of Southern Lebanon for 48 hours - but are really we any closer to a short term or a lasting peace?

There have in fact, been more bombing raids against Hezbollah positions today, and Hezbollah have launched further rocket attacks against Israel.

Robin Denselow has been gauging the mood of ordinary Beirut residents - how do they feel about Hezbollah, and the response of the international community, after more than two weeks of conflict?

Diplomacy

Condoleezza Rice said this morning that the planned suspension of hostilities had brought the prospects of peace a bit closer. But today's UN meeting called to discuss the creation of a new international peacekeeping force for Lebanon has been postponed indefinitely.

A UN official said it would be put on ice "until there is more political clarity" on the path ahead. Mark Urban will be assessing what that path might look like.

Cabinet

Jack Straw's condemnation of Israel's military response as "disproportionate" at the weekend has increased speculation that more of the Cabinet may be uneasy about Tony Blair's failure to call for an immediate ceasefire. Martha Kearney has been finding out if that's true.

And we'll be revealing why it was that planes carrying military equipment to Israel, that were due to refuel at Glasgow's Prestwick Airport yesterday, had to be diverted to military airfields.

Jewish diaspora

And how does the Jewish diaspora feel about the conflict? Do people who have in the past defended Israel's right to defend itself at all costs still feel any differently this time round? We'll be discussing whether the last two weeks have changed deeply-held opinions.

SEE ALSO
Israel 'not yet ready for truce'
31 Jul 06 |  Middle East
Blair in ceasefire pressure call
31 Jul 06 |  UK Politics


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