The issue in this war was the loud proclamation of the Israeli leadership. One day they said it will take a week to finish Hizbollah, the next day it will take ten days, then three weeks then a month and on and on. It was a problem of EXPECTATIONS generated by the leadership, not military strenghth, which made it appear that we can not beat Hizbollah. In 1967 or Yom kippur, the military did not say anything, while the Arabs proclaimed victory. Even the Israelis were worried and began believing the Arab victory propaganda claims. But the pictures of the IDF bathing in the Suez Canal and tanks sitting ten kilometers from Damascus said it all. Israeli leaders started to act like US leaders and generals. They forgot that America is a big country surrounded by seas and friendly countries, while Israel is tiny, surrounded by enemies trying to destroy it. We even let the news media sit on the border and watch the fighting. We gave away the names and locations of our air bases. Negligence!
Islamic State destroys part of Syria's Temple of Bel, monitoring group says (Reuters)