While Gene wrote about the responsibility of the Arab neighbors for the misseries in the ME, it was and is in Israel's leaders hands to make the best of the situation. Olmert and Peretz have set their goals for Lebanon war II so high that I was wondering in the beginning if they had some secret weapon to achieve these goals. It turned out they had nothing like that, and made things even worse toward the end of the war. Over 150 Israelis had to pay with their lifes for this folly, and countless more Lebanese people. There was no viable plan at the beginning, during and towards the end of the war - were Olmert & co. waiting for a miracle? Never in the past has Israel been defeated in such a way. But did the leadership learn from that? It seems not. Syria's offer for peace negotiations have been bluntly rejected. Now Mr. Assad is talking war. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying that Israel has to return the Golan heights right away (if at all), but at least keep the options open.
Netanyahu orders more demolitions of terrorists' homes in attempt to crack down on terror (Haaretz)
from the article: A post-Zionist agenda