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BBC: Olmert says Israel pre-planned Lebanon war

Posted by uscsjp on March 10, 2007

Ehud Olmert

Two new polls indicate just how far Mr Olmert’s popularity has dropped

Israel’s prime minister has said that the strategy used in last year’s war with Lebanon was drawn up months in advance, an Israeli newspaper reports. According to Haaretz, Ehud Olmert said it was decided at least four months before that any kidnap of Israeli troops on its border would trigger war.

On 12 July 2006 Hezbollah militants seized two Israeli soldiers sparking an all-out assault by Israel’s military.

Mr Olmert reportedly made the claim to an inquiry last month.

The Winograd Commission is an Israeli government-appointed commission tasked with investigating last summer’s conflict with Lebanon and identifying lessons to be learned from it.

It is expected to release its interim report this month.

Knee-jerk reaction?

Mr Olmert testified before the commission on 1 February. Haaretz did not reveal how it uncovered details of that testimony.

About 1,000 Lebanese, most of them civilians, died in the 34 days of fighting along with 116 Israeli soldiers and 43 civilians…

In two new opinion polls released in Israel on Thursday the prime minister fared badly.

In one by Israel’s Channel 10 television, 72% said they believed Mr Olmert should not continue in office and 57% favoured holding early elections… (full article)


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