War post-mortem - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 15.08.06 | 03:46 (IDT)

    Lebanon got off easy this time. It may sound cruel to say this, but although the Lebanese may feel that they have been savaged, in reality they were lucky. For a variety of reasons (including US and international pressure, not wanting to topple the Lebanese government, and humanitarian concerns), Israel pulled its punches. Israel allowed several of its major cities to be hit with a rain of missiles for a month without using all its firepower to bring Lebanon to its knees. I think Israel's decision was the right one, but only time will tell. For now, the government of Ehud Olmert is taking incredible heat for its decision. Next time, if there is a next time, Israel is not likely to be so restrained.

    from the article: Olmert should stay
    First published 00:00 14.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 14.08.06
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