I am not surprised, not in the slightest, especially given the cautious, fearful way he has waged the war against Hezbollah, that Ehud Olmert would eventually surrender to the UN. This is what happens when bureaucratic functionaries are elected during wartime (hello, American electorate!). Anyway, this is what I posted back on June the 26th, shortly after Hamas abducted an Israeli soldier (but before the Hezbollah incursion); note that both DEBKA's and my prophecies of doom have been fufilled:
Oh how could you leave us, Arik Sharon?? One does not think he would have tolerated this for long; but Olmert is too wrapped up in pleasing the Eurodogs who want his people exterminated anyway...DEBKA reports on the growing frustration within the IDF:
Yitzhak Ben-Israel, a member of the prime minister’s Kadima party, said in a state radio interview on June 22: “This is not the finest hour of Israel’s national security leadership.” Pressed to elaborate on who in particular he meant, the general mentioned prime minister Ehud Olmert and defense minister Amir Peretz. He reminded listeners that the IDF, its commanders and men, do not function in a vacuum. In Israel, after putting forward their recommendations and arguments, army chiefs must defer to the orders of elected government and bound to carry out the tasks assigned them. Therefore, since the government has instructed the IDF to confine itself to air force activity in the war against the Qassam missile – and barred all other means of warfare, the military has no option but to obey.”
The result is a simple equation, DEBKAfile’s military experts say. Heightened Palestinian missile attacks on Israeli civilian locations generate increased air force activity to stop them. The further the Qassam launchers retreat for shelter into populated areas, the greater the number of Palestinian civilians who stand to be hurt. Therefore, the effort to avoid civilian casualties on the Palestinian side is tantamount to bringing the IDF’s counter-missile war to a full stop.
While the Israeli prime minister repeatedly vows “We will never compromise in the fight against terror,” he and the defense minister are consciously tying the IDF’s hands against pursuing this fight.
The Palestinians have long percieved hesitation to act as weakness, and have exploited it for over a decade. How long will Olmert last, basking in the reflected glory of fashionable diplomatic dinners, while his country is ruthlessly attacked? A no-confidence vote won't be long in coming; and whomever might succeed Olmert is much more likely, given the current circumstances, to be bent towards harsher miltary and economic retalitation against Palestinians.
And this was before he bowed to the UN, and gave Hezbollah a victory. Nelson Archer at Europundits expresses his rage yesterday:
Whatever the current Israeli government says shouldn’t be trusted or taken seriously. Olmert & Co. now have the excuse they need: they’ll blame US pressures for not having allowed the IDF to fight till a conclusive victory. But it is clear that that’s what they have been basically imploring Bush to do. He finally obliged, giving this mediocre Israeli leadership an excuse not to do what it didn’t want to do anyway. Instead of asking the US to help them fight the enemy, they seemed only to have asked it to protect their bureaucratic a…s from having to answer to their own people. Wait to see them blaming the Bush administration and the US for their own mistakes. This is as low as a failed elite can get.
Israel has lost its first war, thanks to Olmert's desire to be held, cuddled, by the European elite and their UN lapdogs. Don't get to comfortable, Ehud - they're only fattening you up to be slaughtered later...
When Israel loses, America loses, and the winners are those whom worship death and terror, and their state sponsors, such as Iran and Syria. For these two outlaw nations to be handed a victory by a befuddled Israeli Prime Minister is inconceivable, yet it has just occured.
What a great peril we in the West are about to face....