I thought the war was called the Second Lebanese War… Apparently not only was I wrong but according to an article in Haaretz:
” On Monday, Defense Minister Amir Peretz announced he had appointed a public committee headed by attorney David Libai to recommend a name for the war. The committee, which will start meeting on Friday, will submit its eventual recommendation to the cabinet.
However, Minister Without Portfolio Jacob Edery (Kadima), who heads the ministerial committee on ceremonies and symbols, plans to convene his committee next Monday to choose a name for the war. Since a ministerial committee’s decision is like a cabinet decision, this could circumvent the Libai Committee.”
Explain to me why we need two separate committees to give a Name to the war? I thought it was clear that last June/July/August we were at WAR with Lebanon? Lebanon kidnaps our soldiers and they are still missing . We get bombarded with Katusha rockets. We called up our reserves and we invaded Lebanon (a foreign country) by both land and air. Most importantly we lost a LOT of soldiers.
Why is it so impossible to call last summers events with our lovely neighbor Lebanon a WAR? Is it because our leadership in both the military and political arenas failed us? Are we as a nation scared to have in our Israel history books a war in which there was no clear cut winner?
Call it what it was -The second Lebanese War. Let the graves of the soldiers be remembered for fighting in this war. Let them be remembered for fighting in a war that the government was ill-prepared to handle.
This was a war and Olmert can form as many different committees to rename this fiasco but it will always remain in OUR eyes as the Second Lebanese War. There will be no cover up – no white washing history. We know who was responsible and how ill-prepared they were to handle it.
It is time for a Prime Minister who understands what Zionism is. And I mean that in terms of A Country for Jews run by Jews. This country isn’t some social experiment in which we want to be the most popular and well liked from the World and our neighbors. We are struggling to survive in our country that we have fought for and turned the dirt red with the blood of our brothers. Let our soldiers from this war and previous wars to have NOT DIED IN VAIN. Stop being pansies and lets remember how this country came into existence. Let us fight for its survival.