These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Israel’s 33-day war on Lebanon
August 14 marks the tenth anniversary of the end of Israel’s 33-day war on Lebanon. The conflict began with the Israeli army launching airstrikes against Lebanese cities as well as the positions of the resistance movement Hezbollah. The war resulted in the demolition of thousands of homes and the deaths of over 1,000 Lebanese civilians. Some 162 Israelis, including 119 soldiers, were also killed during the fighting. As Tel Aviv realized that it could not bomb Hezbollah into submission, it accepted UN Resolution 1701 to end the war. During a televised speech on Saturday, Hezbollah Chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stressed that Israel failed to fulfill its goal of defeating resistance during the 2006 war.
US-SAUDI military ties
The US has approved the sale of arms worth over one billion dollars to Saudi Arabia. US lawmakers have 30 days to block the sale, although such action is rare. But this does not mean that arms sales to Riyadh are totally unopposed in the US political system.
A controversial decision in France to ban burkinis in beaches has opened a debate in the media about the violation of citizen rights for Muslims living in the country. The ban against using the Islamic full body swimming suit was first adopted in the resort city of Cannes and is now spreading to other cities. Officials have cited public order concerns for the decision.