Is the Olmert government going to consign itself to oblivion and introduce a new era of political instability into Israel? Is the IDF going to weakly transform itself from lion to lamb? It is hard to imagine that Israel has survived for this long only to meekly slink away. Either there is a crisis of leadership in Israel or a larger strategic plan is unfolding. I am reminded of what the Duke of Wellington said on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo when asked what he would do. "What Napoleon doesn't want me to do" was his reply. Discovering what Iran, Syria and Hezbollah don't want Israel to do might reveal this ongoing strategy. Meanwhile Nasrullah has achieved his objectives and is attempting to declare victory. The Lebanese government appears to be blocking that by refusing to talk and prolonging the war to give Israel more time.
Fire in Jerusalem suburb causes severe air pollution (Haaretz)
from the article: ANALYSIS: Israel failing to give U.S. the military cards it needs