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Israeli Cabinet Votes In Favour Of Probe Into Lebanon War

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posted on Sep, 17 2006 @ 10:51 AM
Sunday the Israeli cabinet voted 20-2 to set up a commission to meet demands for an investigation of the 34-day conflict with Hezbollah. It is done in an effort to calm the call for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to reseign. His handling of the offensive, which initially was spurred by two IDF soldiers taken hostage in a Hezbollah cross-border raid on the 14th of July, has drawn widespread criticism. It is reported it will be merely a government commission and not a state commission, where the former does not have the authority of the later. Despite the PM's reassurances, protesters rallied in the Jerusalem as the cabinet met, calling for his resignation along with the Defence Minister Peretz and military chief of staff, Lt Gen Dan Halutz.
Israel's cabinet has approved plans for an inquiry into the recent conflict with Lebanese guerrillas Hezbollah.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been accused of sending Israeli troops into a war they were not prepared for.

He has rejected calls by reservists for an independent probe, but insisted the commission would have real power.

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The disappointment in the Israeli population have been overwhelming and widespread, due to the fact it is the first campaign the IDF have attended and not - neither in full nor part - achieved its goal. Hezbollah have declared itself not-defeated, and in the eyes of populous muslim Middle East they are the victor. An agony to the humiliation is certainly felt among the Israelis.

A new a era in Israeli politics have started with the government of the 60-year-old Ehud Olmert, as he is the first PM not to have root in the founding generation of the state. Profound demographic displacements in the population further more adds to the changing of the society.
Which somehow also seems to affect a army, that up till now have been seen as invincible.

This enquiry might very well further shake the Israelis confidence in their leadership.

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[edit on 17-9-2006 by DontTreadOnMe]

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