Israeli Failure of Leadership

Bill Gertz in The Washington Times (registration required) reports that

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said Mossad knew details three years ago about Hezbollah’s Katyusha and other rockets.”They knew what they had,” he said.

He said Israel’s war plan was undermined by political leaders, not by a lack of intelligence.

“Israel’s plan was that if they were fired upon, they would respond with a [leadership] decapitation program and massive air and ground campaigns into Lebanon,” Gen. McInerney said.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert did not order the decapitation plan and was slow to carry out the ground campaign.

“It was not the intelligence,” he said. “There’s no question they did not take the heart out of Hezbollah.” (emphasis added)

From the get-go, Israel did not crush the enemy, but allowed them to think they could fight toe-to-toe with the IDF and hold their own.

Bill Gertz Israel Mover Mike

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