August 10, 2006


IDF fumes over denied victory (Yaakov Katz, Aug. 10, 2006, THE JERUSALEM POST)

After 30 days of fighting, the war with Hizbullah seemed to be nearing its conclusion Thursday.

Just a day earlier, the situation had looked drastically different. The security cabinet had approved the army's request to send thousands of troops up to the Litani River and beyond in an effort to destroy Hizbullah's infrastructure and to stop the Katyusha attacks. After the cabinet meeting, one division actually began moving north from Metulla. Its goal - to clear out al-Khiam and Marjayoun and to reach the Litani.

But then, under pressure from the US, Defense Minister Amir Peretz made a frantic call to Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz and ordered him to stop the division in its tracks. "We need to give the diplomatic process one last chance," Peretz told Halutz. The orders trickled down the chain of command and by the time they reached 366, it had already reached Marjayoun, a stone's throw from the Litani.

With the UN Security Council on the verge of passing a cease-fire resolution, the IDF understood on Thursday that Operation Change of Direction was ending, for better or for worse.

Of such are genuine friends made.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2006 11:59 PM

For worse as they have done little damage to Hezbollah. As usual the international community has risen up to stop Israel from defending itself. At this point I doubt the UN/International community would support Israel even if it was hit by a nuke.

Posted by: AWW at August 11, 2006 7:50 AM

However,m Israel would, at that point, fight the right war.

Posted by: oj at August 11, 2006 8:30 AM