Ari Shavit writes in a scathing, must read Ha’aretz article:
…Israel is a country surrounded by actual and potential enemies. The strength of those enemies is far greater than the strength of Hezbollah. If Israel is incapable of defending its sovereignty and its citizens against Hezbollah in the course of three long weeks, the impression is created that it has become a country that is not defendable. That impression is completely wrong. At the bottom, Israel is a strong country. In the Middle East, however, the very creation of an image of weakness means defeat. The meaning of such a defeat is a war soon. A war that will be harder and more terrible than the present war. Therefore, the last-minute attempt to reverse the situation and achieve a late victory at a heavy price in blood is correct and necessary. Precisely those who seek life, stability and perhaps even peace must be ready to pay the terrible price that is required so that the second Lebanon war will not end in an Israeli defeat.…
It is hard to imagine a Kadima government in the future. Olmert will probably be thrown out of office before this time next year.
Who will lead Israel? Shas or Avigdor Lieberman.
[Hat tip: Avrohom.]