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Lebanon calls for restraint from Hezbollah

Broadcast: 21/08/2006

Reporter: Tom Iggulden

The Lebanese government has publicly called for restraint from Hezbollah fighters in the country's
south in an effort to bolster the fragile week-old ceasefire with Israel.

Transcript

TONY JONES: The Lebanese Government has publicly called for restraint from Hezbollah fighters in
the country's south in an effort to bolster the fragile week-old cease-fire with Israel. Beirut's
move comes as Israeli soldiers continue to withdraw from Lebanon's sout Back to a country divided
about what the war really achieved. Tom Iggulden reports.

TOM IGGULDEN: At the peak of the fighting up to 30,000 Israeli troops were operating in southern
Lebanon. Not all of them are happy to be leaving.

SOLDIER: The UN stop the war? When we should come back in. No they are not replacing us. They
should be aware of us.

TOM IGGULDEN: A week into the cease-fire and pressure is continuing to build on Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert and the head of Israel defence force Dan Halutz.

ISRAELI CITIZEN: I am here in citizen protest, to call for the citizens of Israel to throw out the
chief of staff Dan Halutz and the political head of state Ehud Olmert.

TOM IGGULDEN: Today the formal investigation of the Israel defence force's handling of the conflict
got under way. But critics have already accused it of bias and want a fully independent
investigation.

YOSSI BEILIN, LEFT WING POLITICIAN: All the efforts of the government, the prime minister, the
ministry of defence to bypass this option, to go for an internal committee will fail, and I hope it
won't take too long before this decision is taken because the public opinion demands it - and
rightly so.

EFFIE EITAM, RIGHT WING POLITICIAN: The next priority should be that the leadership of this State -
I mean the government, is really being replaced by a more capable and more experienced leadership
which without we can't really think ourselves as being prepared for the next war.

TOM IGGULDEN: Prime minister Olmert today met his Turkish counterpart in Jerusalem in an effort to
quell regional tensions. Tom Iggulden, Lateline.