The way it used to work with Hizballah after 1996 is that both sides refrained from hitting civilians. A hit on civilians allowed the other side to hit civilians, so both tried to restrict themselves to military targets. Hizballah would hit an iDF outpost with a missile, and the IDF will respond with cannons and air strikes on Hizballah outposts and bases. Now we know that the IDF knew of the location of the middle and long range katyusha rockets, and destroyed 90% of them in an airstrike lasting 34 minutes. I call this a nice military target. Add to this all the old military targets and you get an operation lasting a short time. And that is what Hizballah expected, based on past practice. That was the option the Olmert government decided not to take.
Netanyahu condemns West Bank arson attack, calling it 'terror' (Haaretz)
from the article: Tossing the ball around