On the eve of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit to Jerusalem, senior officials believe Israel has an American nod to continue operations against Hezbollah at least until next Sunday.
Rice will first explore ways with Israel’s leadership to end the crisis and begin to shape a new order in Lebanon. She will return next Sunday to try to implement a cease-fire.
For background on this story, click Secretary Rice: Special Briefing on Travel to the Middle East and Europe
Israel has decided to widen the offensive against Hezbollah. Now the IDF chiefs are talking about fighting that would go on for weeks and the need for more time for various ground operations. On the other hand this would provide Hezbollah with time to wage a war of attrition against Israel’s civilian population, unless the IDF destroys the rocket deployment in southern Lebanon.
The PMO’s office and IDF believe Israel has all the operational time it needs for military action. Officials who know the American administration do not agree. They believe Israel has no more than 10 to 14 days to make significant military achievements. This also applies to the Israeli public’s fortitude.
The Pentagon is following the fighting in Lebanon closely. They believe the key is Israel’s ability to strike at the rocket deployment that Hezbollah received from Iran. The Pentagon regards the rocket deployment as strategic for Iran. That is why Israel must destroy it. Washington’s expectations are also reflected in the swift delivery of bombs and munitions from the United States to Israel.
The IDF, whose ground activity remained close to the border until the end of the week, will widen its offensive. Elite commandos acted in the border area, where Hezbollah took over abandoned IDF outposts. They found Hezbollah outposts had deep tunnels with lighting. The IDF sustained losses in these operations. Apparently more effective means must be used to flush out Hezbollah with minimum losses.
Israel has refrained from operating large ground forces, relying mostly on the air force. But despite the air force’s successes, its achievements are limited regarding short-range rockets.
It seems that Ehud and the crew still don’t get it and secular Israel, in striving for “normalcy, like the other nations,” therefore still perceives itself as sub-serviant to the US, the EU, the UN, etc. The articles above are proof positive. Israel has to get Washington’s approval and concurrence for defending herself, for defending her population? In striving to be “normal, like the nations”, Israel’s “New Jew” politicos from the Prime Minister on down have actually made themselves a despicable laughing-stock, a Chillul Hashem (a disgrace and bad reflection of Hashem’s name) in the eyes of the world.
A few myths which need exploding;
- Ceasefires; They don’t work, they never have throughout Israel’s 58 years of modern-day statehood. A ceasefire is a “hudna”, a break for the Arabs, the Islamics to prepare, gear up, stock up on weapons, rockets, etc. for the next round. The only thing, short of Moshiach which works for a substantial period of time is Victory, vanquishment, 10s of thousands of Arabs waving white — the sign of surrender as resulted from the 6 Day War.
- The Lebanese Army manning the south; A substantial part of the Lebanese Army is infiltrated by Hezbollah and so, the thought of the Lebanese Army creating a buffer in the south and preventing Rocket Barrages on Safed, Tiberias, Nahariya, Israel’s Golan towns as well as Haifa is a laughable proposition. Click here for documentation of the lunacy of this concept.
- UN, UN “peacekeepers”, Multi-national or International force. This proposition is also absurd. UN operations, whereever forces were or are stationed as “peacekeepers”, etc. in proximity to Israel have never, never kept peace and have always blatantly favored Arab Islamic interests to Israel’s serious detriment and danger. As such, ridiculous statements such as this one by Amir Peretz, the OJT Defense Minister; “Due to the weakness of the Lebanese army, we support the deployment in the south [of Lebanon] of a multi-national force with broad authority,” are beyond an outrage.
- There are myriads of sources proving this point going back to 1948. Please click here and here for 2 recent sources blowing the myth of UN “peacemakers” or an international force to smitherines.
In short, weak and lacking any Torah, Jewish rooting in Eretz Yisrael, despite the flowery references to Tanach in his recent Knesset speech, as Caroline Glick keeps saying, Olmert Doesn’t Get It. He still sticks to his “convergence”, “consolidation”, “realignment” plan despite all that has happened this past month. He didn’t get it and still doesn’t!