One accomplishment of the war is that I don't think Hizbollah will risk anymore abductions. Goldwasser and Regev are still - I hope - captives, and it doesn't look like Olmert is capable of - or even wants to - attain their release. It is clear that Halutz believed air power would force Lebanon to do what Israel wanted - despite the fact that the Lebanese Army is a joke. It is clear that Halutz did not allow any officers to criticize his or Olmert's plans. As Yonatan Netser has pointed out the Israeli solder needs to know what the plan is and then he will accomplish it. I don't know what the answer to Israel's leadership crisis is. It is rooted, I fear, in a hodge podge political system that simply arose out of the necessities of the War of Independence. The MPs are not really personally responsible to their constituents. Perhaps Mr. Ben Gurion (our Ben Gurion) was right, that the party list system breeds mediocrity.
Woman moderately wounded by firebomb thrown at her car in north J'lem (Haaretz)
from the article: Tossing the ball around