Jerusalem – The Bulletin Middle East Bureau has received the 500-page Second Lebanon War Investigation Commission Report, which was written by a team of lawyers chaired by retired Israeli Judge Eliahu Winograd.
In the 10-page summary provided by Mr. Winograd to a crowded press conference yesterday evening in the Israel Convention Center, Mr. Winograd indicated that all levels of Israeli military and political leadership were responsible for what Mr. Winograd described as a “missed opportunity.”
Mr. Winograd wryly commented that a small terror group managed to terrorize the entire northern region of Israel, despite the fact that Israel retains the strongest army in the Middle East.
Mr. Winograd made sweeping statements that Israel somehow had no strategic plan in place during the war and that the Israeli government and military maintained a disproportionate dependency on the Israeli Air Force.
Perhaps the most surprising statement of Mr. Winograd was that U.N. Resolution 1701 was a great accomplishment for Israel, which forbids any further presence of Hezbollah in southern Israel.
Israel Captures Islamic Jihad Commander
The Middle East NewsLine confirms that Israel’s military has captured a commander of the Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad.
The military said forces from the army and Israel Security Agency arrested Mohammed Issa Halil Abeda in Bethlehem. Mr. Abeda was identified as the head of Jihad in the Bethlehem area, a key stronghold of the organization in the West Bank.
“Abeda commanded several Islamic Jihad terror cells and was involved in the planning and funding of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers,” the military statement said on Tuesday.
Jihad used Bethlehem as a launching pad for attacks on neighboring Jerusalem as well as the highway to Hebron. They said Jihad was aided by the ruling Fatah militia, led by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Over the last year, the military has sought to erode the Jihad leadership in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Several senior commanders, including the heads of Jihad networks in Jenin and Nablus, were killed.
Jihad supporters sought to block the Israeli arrest of Mr. Abeda on Monday. Scores of Palestinians hurled firebombs, bricks and finally opened fire toward Israeli forces.
“After a number of rioters opened fire at the soldiers, the forces returned fire at their lower bodies,” the statement said.
David Bedein can be reached at Media@actcom.co.il. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com
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