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.