It turns out that the IDF allowed Hizbullah back into the same outposts on the Lebanese side from which they fled just several weeks ago. Also, it turns out that the IDF lowered its threat profile from high alert in the north of Israel just a couple of days ago. Lo and behold, we have just watched Hizbullah launch a successful operation. Apparently even the tank that went over a charge killing all four of its crew members, drove into a trap.
These emerging details indicate severe problems among IDF planners and officers who have now allowed this attack to surprise Israel at a cost of lives much higher than Hizbullah has experienced thus far. This is the same top brass that allowed the Kerem Shalom attack to take place a couple of weeks ago despite serious and correct warnings from intelligence services.
These two failures have happened on Halutz’s watch. He is now watching as his planners and officers lead Israel into a war against Hizbullah and Lebanon – a war Israel must win decisively. One can only hope that he is up to the task. Based on these two examples, it’s hard to be sure that he is. The IDF is much deeper than one person, but ultimately it is a hierarchy and the person at the top sets the tone for everyone else. The IDF has to perform now without any possibility of failure. Its victory must be overwhelming. Admittedly, this war is very different than defending outposts against surprise attacks, and let’s hope Halutz’s team is up to this task. We don’t want Halutz to strike out a third time.