Jerusalem – Top officers from Israel’s High Command met yesterday afternoon, at the Beit Agron International Press Center in Jerusalem for an official briefing about the war in Lebanon.

Israel’s top military brass told the media that the Israeli media had achieved its goal, which was to “weaken Hezbollah” so that a political process could be facilitated – for the U.N. and the Lebanese government to enforce U.N. resolutions which state that Lebanon must disarm all foreign and terrorist troops from its soil.

Since I was the only reporter present at the briefing who had also covered weekly briefings with the Prime Minister’s senior staff that were conducted each Sunday during the war following cabinet meetings, it should be noted that the Israeli Prime Minister had instructed the Israel Cabinet Secretary to tell the media at the end of each cabinet meeting over the past month that the purposes of the war were to get back the two Israeli soldiers who were abducted on July 12th and to “Defeat the Hezbollah”, not to “weaken the Hezbollah”.

The Israeli military spokespeople said that they “did not know” what the Prime Minister’s cabinet secretary had been telling the media.

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