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Olmert faces flak from Israelis for Lebanon war
Cat : Israel and Zionism
Date : 2006-08-30 15:25:27                      Reader : 285
as well as all civil infrastructure , in addition to Ghana butchery repeating the history of his leader Sharon the man of peace. The only way to convince Israelis is that Bush must be invited to convince all, that Israel was victorious and Hesbollah was defeated.

The Washington Times 30/8/2006

Olmert faces flak from Israelis for Lebanon war


By Joshua Mitnick

TEL AVIV -- Israel's bitter domestic debate in the wake of the war in Lebanon shows no signs of slowing, despite embattled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's call for a limited commission to review the government's handling of the conflict.
The internal recriminations have targeted both Mr. Olmert and top commanders of the Israel Defense Forces, long seen as a bulwark of a Jewish state surrounded by larger, hostile Arab neighbors.
"They've destroyed the best army in the world," said Assaf Davidi, a 28-year-old reservist who fought in the 34-day war. "I don't trust these people to change the mistakes that were made."
The debate raged even as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with top Israeli officials in Jerusalem yesterday and said he hoped to quickly double the contingent of U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon to 5,000.
Mr. Annan, on a diplomatic tour of the region, said he would ask Mr. Olmert in a meeting today to lift Israel's seven-week air and sea blockade of Lebanon. Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz told Mr. Annan Israeli forces would leave Lebanon in the next few weeks, once a "reasonable" number of international peacekeeping troops were in place.
Many Israelis said the country does not need to wait for Mr. Olmert's investigation, proposed Monday, to accept the resignation of top leaders for failing to deliver the decisive military victory they promised over Hezbollah Shi'ite Muslim guerrillas based in southern Lebanon.
Yossi Beilin, head of the leftist Meretz Party in the Knesset, said yesterday Mr. Olmert "wavered and faltered in every step of this war," while members of his party called the proposed inquiry a "fig leaf."
"The way in which he conducted this war brings shame to his office," Mr. Beilin said.
Uri Saguy, former army intelligence chief, said late last week the war effort lacked broad strategic vision and criticized the army for being disorganized and lacking discipline.
"The army has problems with organization and control," he said. "These are disturbing things that require an inquiry."
Criticism in Israel's freewheeling press has also been harsh. Attila Somfalvi, a columnist with the newspaper Yediot Ahronot, said the main desire among ordinary Israelis today was for "revenge" against the country's leadership.
"The north is bleeding, the public is turning its back on its leaders, the army is under attack, reserve soldiers are demonstrating outside the prime minister's office and overall, there is a prevailing sense of no one to rely on -- that everything is moving by sheer force of inertia."


 
 
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