IDF lacking political echelon will states the mission is cancelled (JPOST). With unprecedented public support hitting 90%, after the heroic sacrifice & fighting by soldiers, after the sacrifice of the people in the North who demanded only one thing, go after the rockets..
No change in plans
Peretz also held consultations with heads of the Israel Defense Forces, including the army chief, following the great blow suffered by Israel in the north Sunday. The officials failed to reach a decision during the consultation, and at this stage the IDF will not progress to the Litani River, but will rather limit itself to a distance of 8 to 12 kilometers (about 5 to 7.5 miles) from the border.
"At this stage there is no plan to progress toward the Litani, unless a decision is received from the political echelon," senior military sources said.
The same sources added that at this stage the IDF was "cleaning" the villages on the security zone of Hizbullah terrorists, weapons, ammunition, as well as operating to locate launchers and destroy them.
A surprising remark was made Sunday evening by a minister who is a member in the political-security cabinet, who told Ynet: "No one knows what is going to happen. We are endlessly shooting, operating, and they continue to fire rockets. It's amazing. It is unclear what can be done anymore."
WHAT!? Unclear what can be done? Has this Minister seated at the Security Cabinet been living in a secluded bunker like Nasrallah? Everyone knew and still knows that you did not do what needed to be done, so far you have done everything but what you should.. For 4 weeks you have dithered and stalled, reluctant to defend the state. How on Earth during war time is a leak like this even possible, the whole thing is unreal.
Sources at the Olmert's office rejected the claims that the prime minister rushed to declare that Israel had won the war in interviews to foreign media outlets. "We did not say there was a victory," a senior official said. "We said that Hizbullah suffered a blow."
The cabinet minister said he believes "the prime minister will try to operate to reach a diplomatic agreement that will cease the fire. At the moment we really don't know what is going to happen, because everything we have tried to do didn't help and the fire continues."
I will reserve further comment out of sheer respect for the heroic fighters of Israel. I don't think I've ever seen such political incompetence.