Lt.Gen Halutz finally decided to render his resignation half a year after ?non successful Lebanon Hezbollah military operation at enormous cost on every level.? - He became an accessory to a indefensible, governmental political decision. ? By accepted understandings military actions are an ?extended political tool with its time limit.? - Maybe he started his term as Chief of Staff under the misconception of having an army ready for r e a l military actions with all the ?necessary preparations, supplies, training, etc. ? He did not have the guts to tell his superiors, government of Israel = cabinet, ?sorry we are not ready for such an action?! Or didn?t he knew the r e a l s i t u a t i o n o f h i s a r m y? ?! - Let?s wait for eventual / possible Winograd Commission findings. Olmert?s declaration concerning the appointment of Chief of Staff replacement are his usual pompous / spinning expressions, specially as t h i s appointment has to be and is being made by the Ministry of Defense and not the Prime Minister after mutual consultation/ agreement. ? Owing to the well known ongoing differences between PM and Defense Minister, the forthcoming Winograd Committee findings, facing the enormous drop of public confidence in t h i s government ? down to 85 % and even now possibly more ? the Deputy Chief of Staff should fill in temporarily as acting Chief of Staff - to become Command post on a extremely time limited basis ? to facilitate appointment of a new Chief of Staff. It is hope to find a suitable officer with non active / operational connections to Lebanon Hezbollah war! - This may cause a possible necessary ?change of guards with the commanding military echelon? to enable the ?New Chief of Staff? to induce other priorities and concepts!
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from the article: PM: New IDF chief will be appointed in coming days