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Oct 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM Hamilton Declaration 7419
Oct 08, 2007 at 12:00 AM Closing NGOs undermining Abu Mazen government 5871
Jul 03, 2007 at 02:12 PM Mairead Corrigan Maguire's Address to EU Parliament 5252
Mar 02, 2006 at 12:00 AM Middle East Democracy - The Hamas Factor 5666
Feb 28, 2006 at 12:00 AM On Hamas Victory 5430
Feb 16, 2006 at 12:00 AM Statement on the results of the Palestinian Election 4820
Feb 16, 2006 at 12:00 AM Respect of Election Results is the Only Way Forward 5339
Feb 14, 2006 at 12:00 AM U.S. and Israelis Are Said to Talk of Hamas Ouster 6466
Feb 14, 2006 at 12:00 AM Hamas to give up arms if Israel leaves West Bank 6782
Feb 10, 2006 at 12:00 AM CNI Calls on U.S. to Deal With New Democratic Forces in Middle East 6230
Feb 10, 2006 at 12:00 AM Democracy and Violence 6760
Feb 08, 2006 at 12:00 AM Letter from the World Council of Churches to "The Quartet" 6367
Feb 08, 2006 at 12:00 AM Why Hamas won and what the victory means for Palestinians 6753
Feb 07, 2006 at 12:00 AM Why Hamas Won 7789
Feb 05, 2006 at 12:00 AM Hamas: A Discussion 8231
Feb 02, 2006 at 12:00 AM In the Footsteps of Arafat - An Interview with Hamas' Ismail Haniya 7978
Jan 31, 2006 at 12:00 AM The End of a Political Fiction? 7418
Jan 31, 2006 at 12:00 AM Hamas Statement 7184
Jan 30, 2006 at 12:00 AM The reality of democracy 8114
Jan 28, 2006 at 12:00 AM The Problem with Democracy 8011
Jan 27, 2006 at 12:00 AM Barghouthi: Israel no longer only democracy in Middle East 7394
Jan 27, 2006 at 12:00 AM Sharon's Last Victory 7330
Jan 27, 2006 at 12:00 AM The Palestinians' democratic choice must be respected 7860
Jan 13, 2006 at 12:00 AM The Hamas Election Victory 7453
Aug 21, 2005 at 12:00 AM The New Hamas: Between Resistance and Participations 7845
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Israel planned for Lebanon war months in advance, PM says
  • Olmert's leaked testimony contradicts earlier remarks 
  • Criticism from inquiry may force resignation

Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv
Friday March 9, 2007
The Guardian

Preparations for Israel's war in Lebanon last summer were drawn up at least four months before two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hizbullah in July, Ehud Olmert, the prime minister, has admitted.

His submission to a commission of inquiry, leaked yesterday, contradicted the impression at the time that Israel was provoked into a battle for which it was ill-prepared. Mr Olmert told the Winograd commission, a panel of judges charged with investigating Israel's perceived defeat in the 34-day war, that he first discussed the possibility of war in January and asked to see military plans in March.

According to the Ha'aretz daily, which obtained details of Mr Olmert's testimony, the prime minister chose a plan featuring air attacks on Lebanon and a limited ground operation that would be implemented following a Hizbullah abduction. Hizbullah had made several attempts to capture Israeli soldiers on the border since Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000.

Israeli commentators believed that Mr Olmert and Amir Peretz, the defence minister, took the opportunity of the kidnapping to show they could manage a war in spite of their limited military experience. But the outcome of the war seemed to highlight their lack of experience and also deficiencies in Israel's military planning.


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