January 17, 2007

LOSING THE BATTLE TO WIN THE WAR:

Israeli army chief of staff resigns over Lebanon failures (AP, 17 January 2007)

Israeli military chief Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz has resigned, yielding to vocal demands that he pay the price for Israel's flawed summer war in Lebanon. [...]

The country went into the war as a united front against Hezbollah, but that solidarity collapsed after the fighting ended. Critics questioned whether Israel went too hastily to a war that ended without achieving its declared aims - recovering the captured soldiers and crushing Hezbollah.


Cold comfort, but, while the invasion was obviously a disaster in the short term, by empowering Hezbollah it may well lead to creation of a separate nation of South Lebanon which would be a long term victory for Israel.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments

No, it won't. There is no political movement towards such a split. And Hezbollah will lose any civil war with the Lebanese government.

Posted by: Brandon at January 17, 2007 11:03 AM

Would North Lebanon defeat Israel?

Posted by: oj at January 17, 2007 11:14 AM

As long as Syria and Iran support it, Hezbollah will believe it can take over Lebanon whole and won't accept a partition. If Syria is liberated, a South Lebanon becomes a possibility. Still, 90% of Lebanese would probably oppose it.

Posted by: pj at January 17, 2007 12:11 PM

Hezbollah doesn't want the North.

Posted by: oj at January 17, 2007 5:19 PM
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