"The United States' ability to protect Israel" in international bodies such as the U.N. Security Council "is being stretched very thin, and I think Israel is offering this measure, this suspension, to try to relieve some of that pressure," Leverett said.
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A bloody day
An Israeli airstrike demolishes a three-story home in Qana, killing as many as 56 members of two extended families who are asleep in the basement. More than half of the dead are children. In a second ground invasion, Israeli soldiers march across the border to the west and north of the Israeli town of Metulla as more than a dozen tanks and armored personnel carriers line up along the border. Eight Israeli soldiers are reported wounded in clashes in and around the Lebanese village of Adessa.
Hezbollah fires at least 140 rockets into northern Israel, wounding several people.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expresses "deep sorrow" for the Qana deaths, but blames Hezbollah guerrillas for using the area to launch rockets. Israel says it will conduct a full investigation of the deadly attack. Angry crowds protest the airstrike in Cairo, Beirut and Gaza City. In Lebanon, Prime Minister Fouad Siniora calls for an unconditional cease-fire. Syria also demands an immediate cease-fire, and President Bashar Assad calls the attack a massacre. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak condemns the bombing. In Jordan, King Abdullah II calls it a "horrible crime" and asks the international community to find a quick solution.