I agree with the author, the IDF did not give much for Rice to work with, the rules are simple, you achieve a ground victory so as when you come to the negotiating table, you can dictate your conditions. Israel has two options: either another land assault and score victory or ask for diplomatic rescue from its Godfather the US. While option two can be called "damage control", option one presents a high rsik of repeated failure by HA, which makes Israel a paper tiger....
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from the article: ANALYSIS: Israel failing to give U.S. the military cards it needs