How did Israel handle the war?
May 2, 2007 6:27am CST
Can Ehud Olmert survive as Israel's Prime Minister after Monday's damning report into his handling of the war in Lebanon? A senior member of his Kadima party, Avigdor Yitzhaki, has called on him to resign. This follows the resignation of a cabinet minister on Tuesday. The government panel accused Mr Olmert of severe failures and said he should take the primary responsibility for the mistakes. The conflict began last July after Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers in Israel - the soldiers are still in captivity. Do you live in Israel? How do you think the war was handled? Can Ehud Olmert and his government survive the criticism in the report? What is the legacy of the conflict?
9 May 07
Israel actually has a bunch of very good leaders who could take over if Ehud Olmert was removed from power. I think its obvious to the International Community that last years war in Lebanon was handled very badly and as the leader of the nation, Mr Olmert has alot to answer for. But at least in Israel there is something known as accountability, Israeli's unlike most of your Arab neighbours and dare I say, the USA actually demand that their leaders be accountable for things that hurt the nation. My political points are public knowledge. I did not sympathise with Israel during last years war. It was, from an outsiders point of view an over-reaction that has ensured greater hatred towards Israel. I also believe ignoring Hamas only ensures that the secular and modern state of Israel will be in a constant sate of war with her neighbours. Having said that, I admire Israel for building a society that is both free and democratic. I do read the Jerusalem Post and have seen how Israeli people are more willing to see both sides of the Middle East conflict in a way that Americans cannot (Isn't it funny, Israeli's who are actually fighting can express more concern an compassion for their enemy than Americans from some hick town who have read vague passages of the Bible in translation.) I digress. Lets look at what happened. Israel has a superb military by most international standards. And yet, a month long mliitary campaign only succeeded in killing people without achieving its military objectives. What happened? How did it happen? Couldn't the Golani Brigade quietly storm in and get the soliders out? Someone has to pay for a bad mistake and Israeli's a rightfuly demanding accountability from their leaders (unlike Americans who seem to think a Presidnt who lied to them is God inspired). From what I've read of Israeli leaders, a return to ex-generals in the tradition of Rabin and Barrak could be what the doctor ordered.
19 May 07
If Israel is terrorist country, so most of the leading UN countries are terrorist countries as well (killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan). Based on those rule, the only civilized country is Kuwait, that just gave up silently to Iraq and was waiting until somebody will help. If you host a mobster in home, you might get hurt, as police storms the house. I feel sorry for everybody who has gone due to the strikes: both Israel and Lebanon citizens. And one more thing. At least Israel pre-announces where next strike will be and gives civilians opportunity to escape, and Hezbollah does not.
21 May 07
You do have a point there. If Israel is a terrorist nation, so is the USA for its blatantly illegal invasion of Iraq and the UK for its various activities in Northern Ireland. I think the main point is not a case of who is the bigger killer. The main point is what did the Israeli military action do for Israel. If you analyse it carefully, artillery shelling did nothing except kill people and help recruit members of Hizbollah. The kidnapped soliders were not freed. Nobody, other than Americans thought the shelling was justified and the Israeli army did not come out smelling of roses. - This was not the Entebe Rescue. Having achieved only negative feelings from here neighbours through her actions, Iraeli people are rightfully furious with their leadership. They are demanding accountability from a Prime Minister that they elected to do a job.
3 May 07
I live in Israel and I can tell you that the people in Israel really excited. The whole country follows agter the report. The report isn't dmaning only Ehud Olmert. Is damning also the defense minister and the commander in chief of the IDF. The war in Lebanon wasn't handled well, this is for sure! The leadership in Israel did some really stupid things and the people in Israel demand from them to go home. Today, is going to be a very big demonstration in Tel Aviv. Many soldiers and citizens want that Ehud Olmert and Amir Peretz to resign, like the chief of the IDF Dan Halutz did. but I don't think it is going to happen. I don't know if this government survive the criticism in the report. But anyway, Israel is still strong. I hope that the lesson will be learned and the failures will be fixed soon because our enemies can always attack us.