The Israel Insider has a shocking piece claiming Olmert botched the Lebanon war by ignoring long-standing IDF plans to fight it. Olmert was also allegedly given the “green light” by the US to attack Syria, which shelters and arms Hamas and Hezbolla. Olmert refused the offer:
The scenario was that Syria, no military match for Israel, would face a rapid defeat, forcing it to run to Iran, with which it has a defense pact, to come to aid.
Iran, which would be significantly contained by the defeat of its sole ally in the region, would have found itself maneuvered between a rock and a hard place. If it chose to honor its commitment to Syria, it would face a war with Israel and the US, both with military capabilities far superior to Iran’s. If Teheran opted to default on its commitment to Damascus, it would be construed by the entire region, including the restless Iranian population, as a conspicuous show of weakness by the regime. Fascist regimes such as that of the ayatollahs cannot easily afford to show that kind of weakness.
But that is not all:
Some senior officers have been mentioning the C-word in private conversations. They have been saying that a coup d’etat might be the only way to prevent an outcome in Lebanon that could embolden the Arab world to join forces with Syria and Iran in an all out assault on Israel, given the fact that such a development would be spurred entirely by the Arab and Moslem world’s perception of Israel’s leadership as weak, craven and vacillating, and therefore ripe for intimidation.
The people of Israel won’t support a coup, and the army is not likely to follow leaders who institute one. But one thing is manifestly clear, even if this report is completely false – Olmert must be democratically removed. This will happen, perhaps by next year.
[Hat tip: Brooklyn Cowboy.]