UNIFIL peacekeepers patrol an area in Kfar Kila. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Days before the United Nations Security Council meets to renew the mandate of U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon, experts and analysts say they expect the status quo to prevail despite rising rhetoric in Israel demanding major changes. U.N. Resolution 1701, which ended the July 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, called for bolstering of the peacekeeping force that has been in along the Blue line in south Lebanon since 1978 . Israel conducts daily incursions into Lebanese airspace and across its maritime borders, and areas of Lebanon are still occupied by Israeli troops. Israel claims that Hezbollah continues to pose a threat to its existence despite a relatively calm border being maintained since the implementation of Resolution 1701 . Domestically, some Lebanese parties have renewed calls, which had faded over the past few years, for UNIFIL troops to extend their positions to include Lebanon's border with Syria. UNIFIL is on good terms with the Lebanese government, the border zone remains stable and the U.N. force certainly has played a role in this, he said.On multiple occasions, Israel has bombed weapon shipments reportedly bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon.U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has taken a firm stance against Hezbollah, with AFP news agency quoting her as saying that the international community needs to apply more pressure on Hezbollah to disarm and halt its hostility, "especially toward Israel".
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