27 July 2006
Press is now wondering if Israel might lose Lebanon adventure
Yesterday the Exile argued that Israel might just be on course to lose its little adventure into Southern Lebanon. Less than 24 hours later much of the mainstream press has started wondering the same thing. From Robert Fisk in London to America's MSNBS, via Germany's Der Spiegel, the word is the same: Israel went into the town of Bint Jbail and her soldiers got a serious kicking from Hezbollah.
Of course the Battle of Bint Jbail is not the reason why Israel could lose this conflict; neither should anyone expect the Israeli army to be forced to send an officer out between the lines with a white flag and orders to negotiate a surrender. Hezbollah will win if on the day of the ceasefire it is still able to lob missiles into Israel and if its soldiers are still able to fight.
Some in Israel may be aware of this, which is why the bodies of dead Hezbollah soldiers are being collected and transported back to Israel. They can be used as gruesome bargaining chips for the return of dead Israelis in a month's time opr so when the ceasefire is finally imposed on Israel.