Israel expects new Lebanese Cabinet to keep truce

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Posted: Jun 15, 2011 6:26 AM
Israel expects new Lebanese Cabinet to keep truce

Israel says it expects Lebanon's new government to honor the truce that ended the 2006 summer war between Israeli troops and the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group.

Lebanon this week formed a Cabinet dominated by Hezbollah and its allies. The move capped Hezbollah's steady rise over decades from a guerrilla group fighting Israel to Lebanon's most powerful military and political force.

In Israel's first official comment on the new Cabinet on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry said Israel expects the Lebanese government to honor the U.N. Security Council resolution that ended the 2006 war.

Israel has accused Hezbollah of violating the truce by restocking its arsenal and moving forces into south Lebanon, near Israel's northern border.