Halutz did the right thing for himself and the country. He ignored the clear prospect of the airforce's inability to eliminate the short-range Katyusha threat, something that was clear already from the experience with Qassams from Gaza. And the ground war was conducted poorly. As we hear, the chances of Halutz being blamed by the invesigating Commission is high. Better to go voluntarily than get fired. Moreover, since the Commission will be in need of a villain to be punished, Halutz is increasing the chances that Peretz and Olmert will also be blamed. My problem is with the timing. The IDF is in need of a new Chief of Staff. This position is controlled by the Defense Minister, with the approval of the Prime Minister. Both these fellows should not be involved in rebuilding the IDF. They seem to have no understanding of military matters. It will be nice if they wait with the new appointment until Peretz at least is removed, but this man has too much belief in himself. Can't expect voluntary resignation.
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from the article: PM: New IDF chief will be appointed in coming days