The brutal logic of Israel and Hezbollah goes like this: Inflict as many deaths on the enemy as possible in the next few days — in order to strengthen your hand before sitting down at the bargaining table.


Israeli warplanes repeatedly bombed Beirut’s southern suburbs and Lebanon’s southern and eastern regions on Monday, killing at least 15 people hours before Arab League foreign ministers were to meet for a hastily convened session.

Both sides appeared to take advantage of the days before a cease-fire resolution, formulated by the U.S. and France, is put to a vote in the U.N. Security Council. Hezbollah rocket launched its deadliest rocket barrage on Israel on Sunday, killing 12 Israeli soldiers and three civilians.

Israeli warplanes began carrying out a series of air raids on southern Lebanon early Monday.


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