"Israel had no answer to the rocket threat" - 2004 letter to A. Sharon There were various shortcomings exposed in the war: Untrained reserve units, faulty logistics, less than stellar command. Here, past authorities can share the blame. But nothing compares in its seriousness with the fact that Israel knew it lacked protection against short range rockets. When you have such a situation, you must do one of two things: 1. Don't go to an all out war. Have a painful airstrike to deter future kidnappings, then go back and work on some better "answers" to the rocket problem, such as anti-missile missiles. 2. Use ground troops to quickly conquer the area within range of short range missiles. None of these options was used, and a million Israelis in the north were exposed to bombings. The Chief of Staff already resigned (and admits his mistake of not calling the reserves sooner). It is now Olmert's and Peretz's turn to go.
Palestinians report IDF airstrikes on Islamic Jihad targets in southern Gaza Strip (Haaretz)
from the article: Tossing the ball around