I also want to take this opportunity to partially retract what I wrote here. Lebabnon could have been completely free of westerners and it would not have changed anything. Israel botched this war, plain and simple. It’s military and intelligence agencies have failed at a level not seen since the Yom Kippur war, and its political leadership appears to lack the will to do what is necessary to win.
The next Prime Minister of Israel may very well be Avigdor Lieberman – or from Shas.