All in all, from the standpoint of Israel and the international community, there is international consensus on a series of matters, first of all on who is responsible for the crisis. There is no doubt, and this was also stated in the G8 report, that Hizbullah is responsible. The nature of the threat is also clear - it is a regional threat, related to the Hizbullah - Syria - Iran - Hamas axis. There is consensus that the kidnapped soldiers must be released unconditionally and consensus, which was initiated back in UN Security Council Resolution 1559, only part of which has been fulfilled to date, that Hizbullah must be disbanded and Lebanese sovereignty enforced throughout all of Lebanon.
The Lebanese government's excuse until now has been that it is a weak government. Only the first part of UN Resolution 1559 regarding the removal of foreign armies, namely removing the Syrians from Lebanon, has been fulfilled. The second requirement of the Security Council resolution, which was to dismantle the militias, including Hizbullah, has not been implemented. So, in effect, we are now facing not only a test for Lebanon or a test of Israel - I think this is also a test for the international community.
I believe that the process we created presents the Lebanese government with a challenge and an opportunity - assuming that it has an interest in fulfilling Resolution 1559, although it lacks the ability to do so. The test of the international community is whether its job is to make declarations or whether it can also enforce them. The responsibility, not only from the standpoint of the Israeli government, but also from standpoint of the international community, must rest with the Lebanese government.
The Israeli government is patently correct, Resolution 1559 hasn't fully been implemented. However, when it comes to United Nations Resolutions, Israel isn't exactly in a position to lecture. In fact, Israel's tactic of stressing "international law" only highlights their own transgressions and provides Hezbollah with "legal" justification.
Case in point, United Nations Resolution 425, which demands Israel withdraw from all Lebanese terrority. While Israel finally withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, it maintained its occupation of the 25 square kilometer area of South Lebanon known as Shebaa Farms. Whenever we hear a Hezbollah figure speak, they constantly reference the Shebaa Farms as a justification for resistance. If United Nations resolutions are the mode of argument, it would appear both sides find legitimacy.
Israel is also in violation of many other United Nations Resolutions, most notably 465 and 476 which reference illegal Israeli settlements and occupation of Palestinian land. Despite Sharon's withdraw of some areas, the settlements continue and the state of Palestine remains somewhat occupied. Interesting to note, Hezbollah also cites these violations to legitimize their "struggle". In fact, a quick perusal of United Nations resolutions shows a clear pattern of Israeli transgression and outright defiance. With such a horrible record of respecting international "will", Israel lacks the moral clarity to now demand full implementation of resolutions it deems acceptable. Maybe the way out of this entire mess is an agreement that all United Nations resolutions be implemented. The next time an Israeli official references the international community, I hope someone suggests such a proposal. What's good for the goose....