How Mad At Olmert's Handling of the War Are You?Mad Enough for A Coup?
Some of Israel's senior military staff are, apparently.
Some senior officers have been mentioning the C-word in private conversations. They have been saying that a coup d'etat might be the only way to prevent an outcome in Lebanon that could embolden the Arab world to join forces with Syria and Iran in an all out assault on Israel, given the fact that such a development would be spurred entirely by the Arab and Moslem world's perception of Israel's leadership as weak, craven and vacillating, and therefore ripe for intimidation.Not that I think it would be a good idea. Is the Israeli Government still doing no confidence votes?
Read all about the military plan that might have been.
I'm really sore about the no bombing of Syria part. They're on heightened alert now and cleaning out military posts untouched since the 1973 war, so it won't be possible effectively and cost free now.
Well, it's either Netanyahu or a general for Prime Minister next. Which, as long as it is not Ehud Barak again, suits me just fine. Speaking of which, did you read Shimon Peres abstained on the vote to send the troops to the Litani River. I guess people like BHL - - the Bernard Henri Levi(TM) - and other Europeans would admire the Prince Priest of Zionism less if he had voted to fight hard.
In any case, Olmert's slip about the convergence plan being implemented may have led to its permanent postponement:
[W]hat did Olmert say? He said that in his opinion this war would strengthen the need for his realignment plan. Two hours after uttering these words he received an ultimatum: if this issue is still alive, said the West Bank settlement representatives in the Knesset, we shall call our people home: from junior to senior officers, those in the standing and reserve army, as well as the people of Eli, Itzhar, Beit El and Ofra. These are the spears with which you have embarked on this war, and he who controls these spears cannot permit himself to threaten them with the destruction of their homes. That's what Knesset member Benny Alon said in a statement that is an explicit threat calling for rebellion, unheard of in the region since the War of Independence.
And indeed within 12 hours, Ehud Olmert folded, as no prime minister has folded since Benjamin Nethanyahu vis-à-vis the Khaled Mashaal affair.
This event, which was almost washed away in the blood of the innocent, precedes the new reality that will set in when the war is over: a political, civilian earthquake, whose statement by the settlers' representatives in the Knesset will sound the first note.
In the second phase of this development, a determined home front will direct everything it has towards a conflict with the cabinet in its bid to hold it accountable.