10 years ago
From Arutz Sheva:
Is Israel’s political leadership refusing to win in Lebanon? It has only been two weeks since the start of the counter-offensive against Hizbullah terror, and already Israel’s government is rejecting the military’s professional recommendations for how to achieve victory. At a meeting held late into the night on Wednesday, Israel’s security cabinet denied the army’s request to launch a more expansive ground operation in southern Lebanon with the aim of clearing the area entirely of Hizbullah’s terrorist infrastructure. Instead, the cabinet prefers to continue using airpower combined with pinprick ground incursions against select Hizbullah targets. The result, of course, has been that Hizbullah continues to succeed in firing some 100 rockets each day into Israel. Because they do not face a concerted Israeli ground offensive, Hizbullah does not have to throw everything it has into fighting off the Israeli army. Consequently, they can deploy men and resources to shoot rockets into northern Israel with the aim of terrorizing the country. Don’t get me wrong – a ground offensive aimed at carving out a security zone in southern Lebanon would not be simple or risk-free. But Israel’s limited operations thus far have failed to stop the attacks, and the army’s experts are saying that the only way to do so over the long-term is to go in full force.
In the mean time, Nasrallah has leveled more threats at Israel, and Condi is in Israel selling the idea of an international intervention force (Condi – “There will have to be give and take”). Each and every time the UN has been involved in such a thing, an apology has to be issued later. The UN is inept and impotent, so the force would likely have to be NATO. They will eventually get tired of seeing their troops get blown up, and Hezbollah will certainly not back down from NATO troops. Get ready for suicide bombers, rockets and IEDs in southern Lebanon. Haifa still sees missiles every day, and the IDF lost 18 troops trying to clear out Bint Jbail, and they have pulled out of Bint Jbail saying that they have accomplished what they wanted.
I don’t know. It sort of makes me shake my head and wonder.