Hezbollah supporters use a bulldozer to place a picture of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah on a destroyed bridge, attacked by Israeli warplane attacks during the month-long operations, near the village of Gaziyeh, south of the port city of Sidon, Monday Aug. 14, 2006. Israel halted its offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas as a U.N.-imposed cease-fire went into effect Monday after a month of warfare that killed more than 900 people and devastated much of south Lebanon.
Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Monday that his guerrillas had achieved a “strategic, historic victory” against Israel. Nasrallah, speaking on the day a cease-fire took effect ending 34 days of fighting between Hezbollah and Israel called Monday “a great day.”
“We are today before a strategic, historic victory, without exaggeration,” he said in a taped speech on Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV.
The Israeli-Hezbollah war was not a WIN for Israel nor for the United States who cozied up to the United Nations at the end of the day.
Prime Minister Olmert acknowledges some of the war’s shortcomings. Olmert’s government will fall and soon.
Israeli opposition leader and, likely, the next Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the stage of the Knesset Monday night and delivered a more compelling speech.
According to Netanyahu, “There were failures in identifying the threat, in managing the war, in dealing with the homefrontâ€¦There is no doubt that we must learn our lesson and
correct our mistakes. We were asleep and we received a wake-up call.”
“In 2000, we withdrew from Lebanon without guarantees and without security agreements, and this action brought about Hizbullah’s speech about spider webs, which was adopted by Hamas. The resulting Intifada made us decide, out of pain and out of good will, to withdraw unilaterally once more,” Netanyahu declared.
“These unilateral withdrawals deteriorate our deterrence, and lend credence to our enemies, a credence that improves their ability to bombard our cities and towns. This concept (of unilateral withdrawals) is now disappearing, and rightly so,” he added.
Now, is the time to turn toward the major Hezbollah protagonist in this war – Iran.
Lebanese woman shows a picture of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as she goes back to Beirut’s Shiite stronghold southern suburbs. A UN-brokered ceasefire aimed at silencing the guns in the month-old
Lebanon conflict has taken hold, sending thousands of displaced Lebanese streaming back home in the war-battered south.