The Prime Minister of Israel has not resigned. He has not even offered to resign. He is opposed to any form of serious commission of inquiry regarding this war against Hizbullah. He is also about to be seriously investigated for possibly having received a gift of an apartment at 30% below market value, a $500,000 savings. Listening to his public comments, one would think Israel has gained some achievements diplomatically and while the war had some problems, overall it went well.
The Minister of Defense of Israel, who had no relevant training for his role as Minister of Defense but was appointed by the Prime Minister of Israel due to political considerations, namely keeping the Treasury out of the hands of a Socialist leaning unionist with a Stalinist moustache, also has no intention of resigning. Reluctantly, he has appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate the functioning of the IDF, but will not have his own or the Prime Minister’s actions and decisions investigated. Of course, he appointed a crony who is a supporter and who assisted in programming the Minister of Defense’s decisions in this war to head this commission, and then has given it a limited scope of investigation and a very long time frame (six months) to come to its conclusions. Needless to say, the commission will destroy whomever the Minister of Defense feels like destroying but will not likely discover the true nature of the significant errors in this war. Fortunately, the Minister of Defense has no police investigation hanging over his head. This makes him a man who is a saint in Israel’s higher echelons as we shall see.
The Chief of Staff, a man who is known as a brave and exceptional pilot in the exceptional Israeli Air Force, is also not offering to resign and in fact opposes the idea. His first action at the end of the war was to send a memo to the IDF officer class not to speak to the media. His next action was to take the trouble to inform his fellow generals that he has requested their phone records showing all incoming and outgoing phone numbers from Army Intelligence. The Chief of Staff is also busy coming up with new ways of brushing off questions as to why he liquidated his entire stock portfolio a couple of hours after Hizbullah killed several soldiers, kidnapped two and attacked civilian targets in Israel’s North. He is fortunate because the Prime Minister has told the public that he believes this is a non-issue, since, after all, the Chief of Staff is a good person and a worthy leader.
The Minister of Transportation, a man who was the former Minister of Defense and before that the Chief of Staff, and therefore to a large degree responsible for any screw-ups related to this war, somehow had evaded all responsibility because the Prime Minister saw him as a rival and cut him down to size by giving him the Transportation Ministry to head. Little did he know that had he given him the Defense portfolio again, he would be able to shift all the blame over to the Minister of Transportation. However, the Minister of Transportation has not forgotten all those years of being a player and was recently stopped by police, after a very long chase in which his limo was ordered – and promptly ignored those orders – to stop numerous times because of speeding and other driving infractions. Once the police realized who was in the car, they backed off, of course. After all, the Minister of Transportation need not be held to laws that he oversees.
The Minister of Justice has
not yet offered to resign. He is about to be indicted for an indecent sexual act. It seems that while soldiers were being killed and others kidnapped by Hizbullah, he was apparently seeking to explore the upper palate of a new female assistant with his tongue. He has spent many days during the course of this war deeply embroiled in the serious and heavy decisions that defined life and death for IDF soldiers figuring out how to deny charges against him and avoid criminal charges.
The former Minister of Justice and current Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee
chairman is now charged by Israel’s AG for apparently having used his previous positions of power to hand out plum jobs and other goodies to cronies and people whose support might be worthwhile. The charges are serious. Although he is giving up his post as chairman of this critical committee, he has not yet resigned from the Knesset and was more than glad to speak publicly about the fine qualities of the Chief of Staff whose stock selling activities should not, according to this former Minister of Justice, be held against him. He did not mention, during the press conference, whether the pending charges against him had any form of impact upon his service as Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee chairman.
The President of Israel is also not resigning. He is currently being investigated for coercing a female underling to have sex with him. After her story became public, several other women have come forth with similar stories regarding his alleged misuse of his powerful position and previous positions in Israeli politics to take liberties that amount to sexual harrassment. He has been seen in a key photo op during this war with the Prime Minister who clearly believes that sexual harrassment or rape rumors are not the same as charges or indictment, and anyway who is to say a President of the Jewish State who uses his ceremonial position as the figurehead of the state to harrass women for sex can’t give clever war-management advice?
As I write, Iran has announced that a huge military exercise is about to be launched by its army; Israeli reservists are returning from the war with stories of confusing orders, lack of fighting supplies, shortage of food and water; the world, Hizbullah and Lebanon are well on the way to breaching the terms of the cease fire dictated by UNSCR 1701; the recently retired head of IDF Intelligence claimed in a public interview that there were no surprises in this war and everything was known in advance by the IDF; the recently retired head of IDF Intelligence claimed in the same public interview that the IDF had no idea that Hizbullah had 802C missiles in its possession such as the one that severely damaged the Israeli warship that was so unconcerned that it didn’t even turn on its multi-million dollar state of the art anti-missile system; it has become clear that Russian supplied anti-tank missiles delivered to Syria with a promise to the world, the US and Israel that they would not be forwarded to Hizbullah, were a significant part of Hizbullah’s arsenal and destroyed numerous Israeli tanks; none of the three kidnapped Israeli soldiers have come home and the terms asked by the Palestinians for Shalit are little different than before any of this mess started.