The End of Invincibility

Why the stalemate in Lebanon has made Israelis more determined to strike harder next time

Ehud Olmert has some new neighbors. In a rose garden across from the Israeli Prime Minister's Jerusalem office, a squad of angry army reservists and their families have pitched a cluster of igloo tents, and it looks as if they will be staying for a while. They've connected a refrigerator and a TV set to the electricity main, and, says an infantry reservist, they will camp out in Olmert's rose garden until "this loser, the Prime Minister, goes home."

In Israel nobody likes a loser. And however much Olmert's media advisers try to spin it, Israel's war in Lebanon was bungled:...

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