Aug. 5, 2006 15:01 | Updated Aug. 7, 2006 0:06There is another explanation for Olmert's behavior and it's much worse than that proposed by journalist cited by Yoni. If Israeli intelligence has obtained credible evidence of Hezbollah control of WMD then Olmert has to check his hole card. I have been totally unimpressed with Olmert and Peretz since day one of this situation. The decision to initiate hostilities was taken and announced too quickly - only two hours after the Hezbollah incursion. The IDF was not given sufficent time to perform the logistical effort necessary to put even a minimal force into battle. The IDF is one of the most competent fighting forces in the world and the Mossad has justly earned its reputation but the finest tools ever made are easily ruined when handled by incompetents.
IDF ditches plans to reach Litani River
By YAAKOV KATZ
After completing the creation of a security zone in southern Lebanon and with diplomatic pressure mounting, the IDF, senior defense officials revealed Sunday, did not plan to move ground troops northwards towards the Litani River - a line initially named as the IDF's final destination in this current ground incursion.
Meanwhile Sunday, five Golani soldiers were wounded after a bomb went off when they stormed a home in the Lebanese town of Mahbeeb. The wounded soldiers were evacuated to safety and then taken to Rambam Hospital in Haifa for further medical treatment.
Five other soldiers were wounded, one moderately and four lightly, during heavy clashes between IDF reservists and Hizbullah guerillas in the southern Lebanese village of Ras al-Baida. The troops from Brigade 609 killed over 35 Hizbullah gunmen since Friday and succeeded in destroying at least three Katyusha rocket launchers hidden in the village. Another soldier suffered moderate wounds when an anti-tank rocket hit his D-9 bulldozer near the village of Kila, west of Metulla. IDF troops took three Hizbullah guerrillas captives during operations in southern Lebanon overnight Saturday.
The fighting that continued on Sunday took place in the 20 some villages IDF troops had taken up positions in over the weekend as they finished recreating the 10-kilometer-deep security zone Israel held during its 18-year presence in Lebanon which ended in 2000.
The IDF and the future of the State of Israel have been stabbed in the back by a combination of week leadership from Olmert and the Chief of Staff Halutz.
When in time of war a country states its objective, in this case to reach the Litani River and then a matter of days or a week later it redefines it priory defined goals to lower expectations it can mean only one thing.
The entity for some reason, does not have the ability to achieve its goals.
In this case the issue is not if the IDF can achieve its goals, for I know given the order and the backing of the civilian leadership the IDF can do anything it needs to.
Olmert is creating an image of a weak and ineffective IDF in the collective mind of the world.
This will result in Israel being forced to fight future wars and having to endure even more terrorism in the years to come as the Arabs seeks to bleed the new weak Israel.
Not only will Olmert's criminal handling of the war result in more Israeli dead but it will result in dead Jews around the world. Terrorist will strike out at Jews around the world for they will no longer fear the long arm of Israel reaching out to kill them.
Israel cannot afford this level of incompetence at the top and the US administration's decision to step back and let Olmert demonstrate his ineptitude is a very risky bet. Here is another Israeli's view of the situation.
Olmert and Peretz need to rent backbones fairly quickly.