"JERUSALEM – Israel declared Tuesday it was ready to fight Hezbollah guerrillas for several more weeks and possibly send ground forces into Lebanon, raising doubts about international efforts to broker an immediate cease-fire in the fighting that has killed more than 260 people and displaced 500,000. Despite the diplomatic activity, Israel is in no hurry to end its offensive, which it sees as a unique opportunity to crush Hezbollah." Nessman
As Richard Cohen said in his op/ed in the Washington Post today, we’ve been here before. My sources indicate to me that preparations have begun for entry of a large Israeli ground force into southern Lebanon. This is probably a contingency option as yet, but as the IDF "discovers" that Olmert’s list of desirables are unattainable with AIR POWER (sound of trumpets) and artillery plus the odd commando raid, then the contingency option will become the plan.
It appears that the IDF has learned a lot about media management. More about this later.