History of the Lebanese-Israeli conflict: Is a timeline of conflict between Lebanon and Israel. One factoid is that Lebanon and Israel never signed any peace accord, and technically the two countries have been in a state of war since 1948. In 1948 the whole of the Arab world ganged up on the newly formed Israel.
Another is that, in 2000 when Israel pulled out of occupying Southern Lebanon, they warned they would return to Southern Lebanon if their security were threatened again.
Israel says it doesn't plan to occupy Lebanon: Says they plan to stop short of a ground invasion of Lebanon.
Tel Aviv plans 4-tier, intensifying offensive: Quotes unnamed senior officials in Israel saying there is a four-step plan that ends with Israel staging a ground invasion and occupying, again, a buffer zone in southern Lebanon.