... this ceasefire/UN Resolution falls apart, Israel will get blamed
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel could withdraw its forces from southern Lebanon within 10 days, but only if the Lebanese army deploys quickly in the area, Israel's army chief of staff, Dan Halutz, said on Wednesday.
"The withdrawal of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) within 10 days is dependent upon the deployment of the Lebanese army," Halutz told parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, according to a spokesman.
"If the Lebanese army does not move down within a number of days to the south ... the way I see it, we must stop our withdrawal," Halutz added.
Lebanon's cabinet will meet on Wednesday to issue an order to the army to deploy in south Lebanon immediately, a senior political source in Beirut said.
The source said the 15,000-strong force will begin to deploy south of the Litani River on Thursday.