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Old 04-30-2007, 11:02 AM   #1
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The Vinograd Report....moment of truth for Israel....

Almost all eyes will be focused on us tonight as Vinograd commission issues its preliminary report on the government's handling of the war in Lebanon last summer.

This war was an absolute disaster on all counts and our government showed its total incompetance at all levels - particularly the "big three" - PM Ehud Olmert, Defense minister Amir Peretz, and the army chief of staff Dan Halutz (who has already resigned).

Without a doubt, this "Trio of travesty" will pay the ultimate political price and I'm convinced that Olmert and Peretz will bow to public pressure and resign.

Personally, I was against the way the war was waged. Countless civillians on each side were killed for nothing and the government totally botched up this war by not providing an adequate answer to the missiles and katyushas that rained on northern Israel for over a month, not to mention the fiasco of sending in ground troops a few hours before the cease fire came into effect - resulting in the unnecessary deaths of soldiers.

HOWEVER.....being a loyal and patriotic citizen of my country, I did not voice any dissent while the war was going on (well, almost...). I knew that the time would come when the government would be called to account for the disasterous way the war was waged and I waited. I waited because I believe that it is wrong to criticize the government while the country is at war. I believe that criticisim only helps encourage the enemy during wartime and undermines the efforts of the government to fight for our safety and security.

Now, almost a year later, I am ready to join the voices calling for the resignation of our prime minister and I will even be attending a rally on Thursday which will attempt to pressurize the PM into resigning.

In short, this government is not long for this world (thank goodness) and, hopefully, my voice will carry along with hundreds of thousands of my fellow countrymen on Thursday.

Peace,


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From the CNN website:


JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert faced strident calls for his resignation in the wake of harsh findings of an official inquiry into his leadership during last summer's costly but inconclusive war in Lebanon.

The commission's first report was to be released later Monday, but government officials confirmed an earlier TV report that the findings would be strongly critical of Olmert and his defense minister, Amir Peretz.

That was enough to trigger calls for Olmert's resignation from coalition partners as well as opponents.

Olmert and Peretz, who took office with limited security experience less than two months before the war, had already lost much of their public support because of the conflict, launched when Hezbollah guerrillas captured two soldiers and killed three others in a cross-border raid on July 12, 2006.

Relying heavily on massive airstrikes recommended by the military chief, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, Olmert pledged to his people that Israel would crush Hezbollah and force return of the captured soldiers. Neither goal was accomplished, and Halutz has already resigned.

Instead, Hezbollah pounded northern Israel with nearly 4,000 rockets, halting only when the U.N. Security Council imposed a cease-fire, its short-range rocket capacity intact. Israel launched a late, costly ground offensive with the Security Council nearing completion of its cease-fire resolution.

In 34 days of fighting, between 1,035 and 1,191 Lebanese civilians and combatants were killed, as were 119 Israeli soldiers and 39 civilians.

The report covers the first six days of the war, when Israel battered Lebanon with massive airstrikes as Hezbollah pounded Israel with rockets.

Report: Leaders did not question military
Also, the report looks at developments during the six years that followed Israel's overnight pullout from southern Lebanon in 2000 -- tracing the Hezbollah buildup across from the Israeli border.

According to the TV reports confirmed by Israeli officials, the commission appointed by Olmert and chaired by a retired judge, Eliyahu Winograd, aims withering criticism at Olmert and Peretz over their decision-making, inexperience and failure to question plans presented by the military.

The report also says that Halutz, a former air force commander, did not provide political leaders with a sufficient range of military options, played down the rocket threat and silenced dissenting opinions within the army command, Israeli media said.

The Winograd panel does not have the authority to fire officials, but the scathing report could ignite public protests and demonstrations, coupled with political infighting, that could force the resignation of Olmert and Peretz. Noisy public demonstrations were expected to back demands that they step down.

Already Sunday, a demand their for resignations came from Labor Party lawmaker Ofir Pines-Paz, who is challenging Peretz for party leadership in a May primary election.

"They should follow the example of Halutz, who did not wait for the Winograd commission to show him the door," he said.

Opposition lawmakers from the dovish Meretz as well as the hard-line National Religious Party also called for the government to step down.

Olmert's office declined comment until the report's official publication, but aides said Olmert was confident he would weather the storm and that he had no intention of quitting.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Vice Premier Shimon Peres pledged that the report's findings would be taken seriously. "We shall correct everything that calls for correction," he said.

Olmert's popular support is nearing single figures in newspaper polls, mostly because of the Lebanon war, but also because of allegations of his involvement in alleged corruption including real estate deals and undue interference in government transactions to favor friends and backers.

Olmert has denied any wrongdoing.
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Old 04-30-2007, 12:32 PM   #2
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Frankly, I don't know WHAT is the problem with Israel. In the old days, Olmert and his crew of clowns (drag and all) would not have lasted a month beyond the war. Look at Golda Meir. She was the Mother of the nation, there were streets and hospitals etc named after her, and she was still PM. But after the Yom Kippur war (which Israel won), the public still thought the price in human lives was too steep, and she was unceremoniously tossed out on her can in disgrace after THREE WEEKS. All the really good people (such as Morleigh's parents) really must have left Israel after all. They shouldn't put up with his crap. Is Bush "keeping" him power (like Wolfowitz)?
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Re: The Vinograd Report....moment of truth for Israel....

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Originally posted by AchtungBono
Almost all eyes will be focused on us tonight as Vinograd commission issues its preliminary report on the government's handling of the war in Lebanon last summer.

This war was an absolute disaster on all counts and our government showed its total incompetance at all levels - particularly the "big three" - PM Ehud Olmert, Defense minister Amir Peretz, and the army chief of staff Dan Halutz (who has already resigned).

Without a doubt, this "Trio of travesty" will pay the ultimate political price and I'm convinced that Olmert and Peretz will bow to public pressure and resign.

Personally, I was against the way the war was waged. Countless civillians on each side were killed for nothing and the government totally botched up this war by not providing an adequate answer to the missiles and katyushas that rained on northern Israel for over a month, not to mention the fiasco of sending in ground troops a few hours before the cease fire came into effect - resulting in the unnecessary deaths of soldiers.

HOWEVER.....being a loyal and patriotic citizen of my country, I did not voice any dissent while the war was going on .


The longer the war went on,
the more it damaged Israel.


The landscape has changed a lot since the Yom Kippur War.


If there had been a "right wing" leader in power, what would they have done differently?
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