IF you had two Israeli's you had three opinions. Now, if you have three Israeli's only one opinion is allowed. Back in the first quarter century of Israel EVERY action by the IDF was intensely dissected, discussed and debated. Now any assertion by the IDF is accepted as gospel without any analysis. There has been an immense change associated with this change in behavior. Forty years ago Israel' won wars and had the world's respect. Now Israel loses wars and is held in contempt by the world. Are these changes related. Yes. The reasons that The Second Lebanon War and Cast Lead were strategic disasters were EXACTLY the same. Both were caused by politicians launching wars of choice for political advantage with plans to limit casualties (necessary for political effect intended) which meant that the war failed to harm the enemy and actually benefited that enemy. In both cases the 'strategy' of the war was to savage the civilians in the idiotic belief that the civilians would take their anger out upon Hisbollah or Hamas respectively. In both cases all Israel achieved was making Hisbollah and Hamas stronger, while alienating moderates and the world. If Israel continues to harm itself more than it's enemies in the mistaken belief that punishing civilians while avoiding the casualties necessary to punish the enemy, then ONLY Israel will lose. It is very easy to destroy civilian infrastructure and blow up homes. It is also counter-productive.
Palestinians say 16-year-old shot in back at Shuafat refugee camp; in critical condition (Haaretz)
from the article: MESS Report / Without self-criticism, the IDF is doomed