Here is where the slippery slope to peace gets a bit tricky. Standing in the way of an effective and long-lasting peace is a now well-defined binary object: either the terrorist organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, supported by the rogue states of Syria and Iran, or the heavy handedness of the Israelis and their disgraceful attitude toward their Arab neighbors.
For a peace resolution to be effective everything above must change. And a meaningful change can only be attained with sincerity and accountability. The resolution must be fair to both sides, keeping them on an equal footing. Israel shouldn't receive the kind of preferential treatment they have always enjoyed under the US umbrella. If Israel wants good neighbors, it's time they start behaving like one.
Following a cease-fire, Israeli forces should be required to leave Lebanon immediately. Before the UN forces take over, the Lebanese army can do the job temporarily. Whether they can do a thorough job is anybody's guess, but as long as Israeli forces remain in Lebanon, a cease-fire will not work.
The buffer zone that has been proposed should be on both sides of the border. Having one comprised only of Lebanese territory just highlights the partisan treatment the Arabs have become accustomed to.
Why there should not be any buffer zone on the Israeli side when they routinely abduct Arab leaders? If the objective is to prevent the kind of incidents that led to this war, it should also address the concerns of the Arabs: only couple of weeks before this all started, Israel abducted two Palestinians from Gaza.
Let's remember that invoking moral authority in an environment of distrust requires fairness and equality. Asking Hezbollah to disarm following the Security Council Resolution 1559 of September 2004 is the right thing to do, but lest we forget Israel ignored Security Council Resolution 425 of March 1978 calling for its unconditional retreat from Lebanon for 22 years.
The double standards must go.