Originally Posted at http://sheepdog.townhall.com on July 28, 2006
According to a STRATFOR special report, the Olmert cabinet met yesterday and decided not to "expand" the operation in South Lebanon. The author of this analysis beleives this might be a feint on the part of the Israeli government:
Israel is likely exaggerating the extent to which the military and Cabinet are divided over how to continue in this military campaign, ...
Well, that may be true, but I fail to see what Israel would gain from such a strategy. It certainly won't have any effect on Hezbollah's plans besides possibly stepping up the rocket attacks.
The fact is that everyone -- including Yoni -- is trying to make sense of how the Olmert governemnt is running this campaign, and so far there is no consensus on what the Israeli's are up to -- other than clearly failing to meet the objectives they must meet in order to make this entire operation a success. They are not going to destroy Hezbollah purely by air-power and short incursions of troops, and they are running out of time.