Middle East In tense south Lebanon, UN force proves it helps to just talk

There are no illusions that UNIFIL peacekeepers, who marked the force's 40th anniversary this week, can prevent an Israel-Hezbollah war from breaking out. But by regularly convening Israeli and Lebanese officers, dangerous miscalculations can be averted.

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Tensions have risen between Israel and the militant Lebanese organization Hezbollah and its patron Iran this past year, prompting many on both sides to wonder if a new war will soon shatter a calm that has lasted more than 11 years.