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Middle East / Israel & Lebanon / Violence #834849

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 26, 2006
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Map shown of the buffer zone Israel wants to set up on the border with Lebanon.

(Metulla, Israel: Jim Sciutto) Israel's four-day effort to capture the border town of Bin Jbiel featured; animated diagram of a Hizballah ambush of a foot patrol & Israeli wounded shown; details given of Israeli questions about the ground fight. [Israeli ground forces commander Maj. Gen. Benny GANTZ†- comments on the mission.] [Israeli military analyst Alon BEN DAVID†- says there are questions about the plan.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Beirut: David Wright) The advantages for the guerrilla group Hizballah, which is backed by Iran & Syria, examined; scenes shown from Beirut of damages & the wounded; details given about Hizballah's army & reserve force. ["Hizballah: Politics & Religion" author Amal SAAD-GHOREYEB†- predicts Hizballah leadership will remain intact.] [Former UNIFIL spokesman Timor GOKSAL†- outlines Hizballah's dream.] [President of Lebanon Emile LAHOUD††- speaks about Hizballah standing up to Israel.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jonathan Karl) The Israeli air strike that killed four U.N. observers across the Lebanon border reviewed; scenes shown of the bombed area; details given about the U.N. peacekeepers long in Lebanon. [U.N. Secretary General Kofi ANNAN††- says the Israeli army was warned.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson; Rome: George Stephanopoulos) The international summit meeting about the Middle East held in Rome discussed; details given of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's position, what kind of international force is needed to patrol the Israel-Lebanon border & what Rice will do next.

Gibson, Charles;
Sciutto, Jim;
Wright, David;
Karl, Jonathan;
Stephanopoulos, George

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