Tuesday, August 01, 2006

in Quest of the Appearance of Winning

Political Arena / Wanted: A winning image - Haaretz - Israel News: "Borrowing from the world of soccer beloved to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the Israel Defense Forces operation in Lebanon went into overtime yesterday.

Olmert wants to take another stab at a decisive conclusion before the UN Security Council blows the final whistle. That's why he convened the cabinet yesterday to approve a wide-scale ground operation targeting villages used by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.

Olmert is fighting the battle over public opinion, both at home and abroad. He wants people to see the war as a victory, not a draw. It was this attitude that led Olmert to tell a conference of mayors yesterday that the operation is continuing despite the unfortunate deaths of dozens of Lebanese civilians in Qana Sunday."

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