Grimgrin offers this. I would rather have him/her say it. pl
Off the top of my head, Mr. Kimche makes 6 glaring errors in this piece.
First he asserts that Israel won on the battlefield but was "convinced" it lost by skilled propaganda. That doesn’t even pass the laugh test, as I’m sure everyone here knows. A war is not a boxing match. The winner is the one who accomplishes their goals, not the one who scores the most hits.
Second he asserts that this was a war suddenly thrust upon Israel. This is an utter lie. Israel was planning a war in southern Lebanon for years and had even been planning operations with the U.S. .Of course this lie is necessary to bolster the first, because if he admits that it was a long planned war then it becomes harder to pretend that they won this round.
Third, it’s somewhat ironic that in a piece titled "Put Away the long knives", the author spends three paragraphs blaming the previous Israeli Government and the army for their performance in this war. After he just got through telling us that Israel won on points. "We didn’t loose, and anyway, it’s not our fault we lost" is a succinct way of putting it.
Fourth he conflates the opinions held by the leadership of the Arab world with the populace. The Arab heads of state are probably less worried about Iranian hegemony, and more worried about their own positions if militias patterned on Hezbollah spread through the region.
Fifth, he declared that Christians and Sunni are convinced they have to "Go on the offensive". Really? Against a group that just fought Israel to a standstill? He persists in talks about the Christians and Sunni Muslims as if the war had done nothing to shape their opinions about Israel, Hezbollah and the west. "Do we want Rivera or a bunker", given that the Rivera just got blown up by Israeli jets, I’d imagine the bunker, and Hezbollah with it is looking pretty good to citizens on the ground.
Finally he talks about the need for a new peace process. He doesn’t seem to realize that the terms an invincible Israel got from Arab heads of state are not likely to be the same as the terms that will be offered to an Israel that’s been beaten on the battlefield by a homegrown army.
The idea that Syria and Iran would agree to disarm the most effective opponent to Israel and America for a vague notion of rejoining the international community, again doesn’t pass the laugh test.
Mr. Lang, I remember you saying to watch the length of posts, so if you like you can replace this comment with "The article is delusional bullshit from start to finish"."