"This war broke out in no small way because of the Israeli leadership's lack of diplomatic-military experience and failure to predict the future." It was above all a failure to assess the present. And trashing half a country in one fell swoop in the hope that a guerrilla force operating from within it would also be trashed was, apart from adjectives I leave you to choose, a failure of focus. "The country's leadership must use cool reason, and not be dragged along by inflamed desires and assessments." These are precisely the qualities that would have served it (and us) best before starting its campaign of hostilities. As for predicting the future, no-one is expected to. Prophecy is a biblical attribute associated with divine intervention. But one can and does expect from one's leaders - if not acute powers of observation, guile and management skills of the highest order - at least basic common sense.
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