Tuesday, January 02, 2007

I-67 Israeli army chief admits Lebanon war failures.. but states war isn't over

Israeli army chief admits war failures

Israel failed to achieve all its objectives in its summer war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, the Israeli army chief said Tuesday, but defied calls for his resignation. ..... Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz told reporters at a briefing that Israeli forces caused considerable damage to Hezbollah and killed "hundreds of terrorists" in the war, which ended inconclusively in a cease-fire after 34 days of fighting.

But Halutz, summing up internal army inquiries into the war, acknowledged the army did not achieve all its aims. "We were not successful in reducing the short-range rocket fire on Israel's north until the cease-fire," he said..... Hezbollah fired about 4,000 rockets at Israel during the fighting.

A government-appointed committee is investigating the war and its outcome, and has the power to call for Halutz's resignation...... Halutz said he wants to stay on and "correct what can be corrected." His resignation now, he said, would be tantamount to "running away."


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