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Israeli Defense Chief Resigns Amid Lebanon War Investigations

Posted on Jan 16, 2007

Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, has resigned amid ongoing investigations into Israel’s botched invasion of Lebanon. Imagine, someone in government actually taking responsibility for a failed military adventure. What a concept!


Gen. Halutz told PM Ehud Olmert he was quitting “as investigations have run their course,” Reuters news agency quoted an army spokeswoman as saying.

Several internal inquiries are being conducted into the government and the army’s handling of the 34-day conflict.

The military was widely criticised for failing to achieve its war aims.

Israel attacked the Lebanon-based Hezbollah after the group captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others in a cross-border raid last July.

But Israel failed to free the soldiers or soundly defeat Hezbollah before a ceasefire ended the fighting in August.

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By Quy Tran, January 17, 2007 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment
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He only stepped down when drank enough innocent blood of Lebanese. One more star will be added to his shoulder !

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By dick, January 17, 2007 at 8:41 am Link to this comment
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“Israel is the most corrupt country in the West”, according to the Accoutant General of Israel, see Haaretz, 1/15/07.

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By Terry, January 16, 2007 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment
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You say: “Imagine, someone in government actually taking responsibility for a failed military adventure. What a concept!”

Is this supposed to elicit our admiration? The man is a swine. Who cares if the Israeli public is dissatisfied with his “performance”?

The reasons that he is a despicable human being are not the reasons that the Israeli public despises him, nor are they they reasons he is resigning.

This is a falling out among thieves, of no concern to decent people.

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