iT IS SO DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW THE ISRAELI GOVT. AS IT SPEAKS WITH SO MANY TONGUES!
Within hours, you hear that the invasion so far is phase I. Next it is "all-out war".
A high source says the shin Bet reccommended a 48 hour respite,which MK Herzog talked about in reference to a French proposal . No says the Shin Bet they never said any such thing.
Our goal is to force Hamas back to the cease-fire but on our terms is to paraphrase the govt. Oh NO! Our goal is to have a change of govt. says another high official.
I had hoped that after Lebanon and the official report that the Israeli military/civilian leadership would act with a more united and organized manner. I assume the reservists are being trained,and not being sent into battle inadequately prepared.Yet,every day the world sees air strikes,without moving to the next phase,is a mark against Israel.This is not like Afghanistan or Iraq, where massive bombings could soften the enemy.The Air Force will shortly run out of targets,and victory (REMEMBER THAT ANCIENT TERM) can only come with ground troops.Anything short of victory, will be a Hamas/Iran victory, and a defeat for Israel.
This whole battle ,if not won will make it impossible to at any time go after the Iranian nuclear facilities.Israel is a small country, and it cannot maintain its economy with soldiers mobilized without a clear plan for action,and strategy for concluding hostilities.
Failing to win,will allow Hezbollah and Hamas backed by Iran and Syria to understand that Israel at the end of the day does not have the stomach to see a battle through to the end.
You have to "love" Illinois Gov. B.If you were writing a political novel,you could not match his machinations, Appointing former A-G Roland Burris to the Obama seat,makes the Dems in the Legislature look like idiots.He will go to Court and force certification,and because he is the sitting Gov.,I assume will win that case.After all he has been only accused of crimes.,and not convicted.
Remember,Nixon and Clinton were accused of illegalities,but continued to function and make appointments and sign legislation.Nixon until the day he resigned,and Clinton until he was found not guilty. TERRIFIC DRAMA! NEXT ITS UP TO HARRY REID