The Winograd inquiry into the summer 2006 war with Hezbollah is turning out to be a rare and remarkable example of a country willing to confront some painful realities, for which Israel should be applauded.
Already, it has uncovered some harsh revelations about the polices of the Olmert government, and threatens to expose some much graver truths.
They are preparing the public for a bombshell,” Menahem Hofnung of the Hebrew University’s department of political science told United Press International
While there is little doubt that the conflict was a war of choice, the suggestion that the IDF planned for their troops to be captured is gaining strength:
It was a war of choice, and it was planned as an air war with very limited ground incursions in the expectation that Israeli casualties would be very low.
Major General Herzl Sapir at the end of February said that “the war began at our initiative and we did not take advantage of the benefits granted to the initiator.
Planning for the war began November 2005 but reached high gear by the following March before the expected kidnapping of two IDF soldiers – the nominal excuse for the war
While it’s unlikely this will get a great deal of exposure in the main stream media, such a revelation will subject future claims of self defense on Israel’s part to more thorough scrutiny.