Thursday, August 17, 2006

The State of the Israeli State

So Syria is planning to start its own Hizbullah now:
On the heels of what it views as a Hizbullah victory against the Jewish state, Syria is forming its own Hizbullah-like guerilla organization to fight Israel in hopes of "liberating" the Golan Heights, an official from Syrian President Bashar Assad's Ba'ath party told WorldNetDaily yesterday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Syria learned from Hizbullah's military campaign against Israel the past month that "fighting" is more effective than peace negotiations with regard to gaining territory.

He said Syria's new guerilla force would be trained by Hizbullah leaders.

"Syria is very serious about establishing this new guerilla force," the official said.
Does anyone understand why Olmert didn't strike Syria in the first days of this war?

And now Peretz is trying to blame the military for not telling him about Hezbollah's missiles.
When Defense Minister Amir Peretz took office four months ago, Hezbollah and the missile threat were at the bottom of the priority list senior IDF officers presented him, Peretz says. In private conversations over the past few days, Peretz said officers did not tell him there was a strategic threat to Israel, and did not present him with all relevant information about the missile threat.
How ludicruous was it that he was appointed Defense Minister in the first place? As though it were an insignificant appointment.

Fortunately, Olmert is now involved in a financial scandal, having to do with the purchase of his apartment, which may provide everyone a convenient opportunity for his exit.
Here is the news: Aliza and Ehud Olmert will be summoned to an investigation in the State Comptroller's office within a few days.

The prime minister and his wife will be presented with these findings: The price they paid for their new house on 8 Cremieux Street in Jerusalem is lower than its market price by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The difference between the sum they paid - some $1.2 million - and the house's value - $1.6-1.8 million - is hard to explain. It raises suspicion that the prime minister and his wife illicitly received about half a million dollars.
Much as I admired Ariel Sharon, one can only ask, with respect to Olmert and his leadership of Israel, what was he thinking? Clearly, he wasn't thinking much past his own term and expected his legacy to carry the day. And, maybe, in the end, even he got tired. Or wanted to badly to redeem his international reputation.

In any case, he never would have conducted a campaign like Olmert. There would have been no war or a much tougher one.

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