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Israel’s Failed Wars: To Lebanon, Add Gaza

December 29, 2008

Israel’s new battle with Hamas in Gaza means that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will be remembered for fighting two bloody and wasteful mini-wars in less than three years in power. The first one, in Lebanon during the summer of 2006, punished but failed to defeat or even permanently injure Hezbollah, which is politically and militarily stronger today than it was before Olmert took office. This one will probably have about the same effect on Hamas, which almost certainly will still control Gaza, and retain the capacity to strike Israel, when Olmert leaves office in a few months.

By Jackson Diehl
The Washington Post

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at a cabinet meeting this month.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at a cabinet meeting this month. (Pool Photo By Gali Tibbon — Getty Images)

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