Besides the many tactical errors, a major accusation against the outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz is the strategic mishap of bombing Lebanon rather than invading it. As if he could. Israeli voters only recently forced the IDF to abandon pointless occupation of Lebanon, and large-scale invasion was politically unrealistic in 2006. With all the protest, media outcry, government instability and corruption, Israeli public opinion would not support a long-term ground operation which, in any case, would have solved nothing but embroil the IDF into another urban war with no realizable political objectives.

Small incursions are no solution: when IDF withdraws from Lebanese villages, Hezbollah moves back in. Halutz’s bombing of Lebanon into compliance was a viable strategy. If anything, Halutz wasn’t consistent: limited bombing terrifies little. All Lebanese must have felt endangered in order to abandon their support for Hezbollah. Then again, Halutz was politically limited to pinpoint strikes. He could not massively retaliate against Hezbollah’s sponsors: Iran and Syria.

Halutz shoulders the responsibility, but also shares it with others. Chief of Staff is a team player, but Sharon beheaded the army by retiring many competent officers who did not agree with Gush Katif‘ destruction.

One thing rarely brought up against Halutz is the state’s policy of murdering Israeli Special Forces which largely consist of religious Jews and settlers. The Staff routinely sent them into fighting without tactical planning or firepower support in the unnecessarily deadly urban combat.


Israeli police shows little corruption on the mid-level, and regularly attempts to bring political thugs to justice. Silent collaboration of their subordinates is disgusting; frauds remained widely known in the narrow circles for years. Forcing the corrupt Olmert out of the office is a just thing to do, but Netanyahu is also no messiah: he is weak politically. That’s why I don’t actively support the efforts to oust Olmert. Beyond the fringe politicians like Baruch Marzel, there is no alternative to the Olmert-like ruling clique. Instead of changing the government yet another time, the Jews should abandon the idea that the government chosen by leftist and Arab majority could do any good to Israel. Rather, we should dictate our will to any government through violent no-step-back opposition to uprooting the settlements.


Despite the protests even from the leftist activist-turned-defense minister Peretz, Olmert proceeds to remove checkpoints in Judea and Samaria. Would the families of the Jews killed because of the relaxed security sue Olmert for wrongful deaths? A building contractor would be sued for neglecting safety rules.


It came out almost unnoticed that the guerrillas arrested for the October 2006 shooting are members of the Hamas and PIJ simultaneously. The differences between the groups are exaggerated. Rank-and-file members are more radical than each group’s leadership: activity of a single group was insufficient to them, and they joined another group to get more of the action. Settlement with Hamas won’t neutralize all the guerrillas.