The final chapter of The Winograd Report makes no difference whatsoever.
Olmert will not resign. Livni will not resign.
Resignation from office would imply honor, dignity—and conscience. It would also admit to shouldering responsibility for grievous errors before, during and after the Second Lebanon War.
Olmert and Company are unable to take responsibility for any failures. When Olmert launched the Second Lebanon War—with overwhelming support from the Israeli public—he announced his goals:
1. To secure the release of the Jewish soldiers kidnapped by Hizbullah.
2. To destroy Hizbullah and their rocket capabilities in Southern Lebanon.
By the end of the war neither goal was achieved. In fact, over half a million Israeli citizens were driven from their homes or were living in bomb shelters. The terror rockets continue to rain on Israeli soil, and of course, the Jewish soldiers are still in cruel captivity.
There should have been a ground invasion in the first week of the war, that’s basic military doctrine, but Olmert allowed a military campaign to be fought on the cheap, from the air.
Livni’s naivete in dealing with the U.S. State Department regarding a cease-fire, is simply mind boggling. And when she boasted that the UNIFIL troops on the Lebanese border was a victory for Israel, one was forced to ponder whether the woman was either a liar or bi-polar, for no Israeli politician could possibly be so clumsy with national security; no Israeli politician could possibly be so stupid as to surrender a volatile border crawling with murderous transnationational terrorists to U.N troops led by, get this, French soldiers.
Lebanon has since devolved into a Syrian shooting gallery, with one anti-Syrian figure after another being murdered. Hizbullah, backed by Syria and Iran, will hollow out Lebanon and take control within the next few months. Thus Israel will be cornered by two jihadist entities: Gaza and Lebanon.
This too is part of Olmert and Livin’s shameful legacy.
But no, they will not resign.
Rockets pour into Israel from Gaza—but they will not resign.
Nor will they deal forcefully with Gaza, for they are not serious about national security. Like all appeasers, they speak not of victory, but of making concessions.
In fact, Olmert plans on talking with the Arabs about dividing Jerusalem because, well, obviously what can go wrong? Missiles launched from East Jerusalem? Snipers? Homicide bombers? The Western Wall coming under daily attack?
There has been enough talk with the enemy. Talking with those who plan the destruction of the Jewish State and the Jewish people is the first step in legitimizing genocide. It’s time to stop negotiating our own final solution. It’s time to tell the enemy that there is nothing to talk about.
You know what will happen?
They will kvetch and scream and the U.N will debate, and the apologists for terror in the N.Y. Times will write some angry articles—and then everyone will get bored and move on. Maybe to Kenya, or Congo, where genocide and ethnic cleansing are taking place, and where real refugees are suffering and dying of starvation, typhoid, and exposure.
But Olmert and Livini and their delusional enablers continue to talk and talk and with each word and sentence they give away a chunk of Israel, of the Jewish people, of Jewish history, until one day we will all wake up and the only words left will be the words of the Kaddish.
But Olmert and Livni will never resign because this is a country committing suicide at 24 frames per second. That’s not slow motion.
The Hillel at Tufts University welcomes a radical jihadist for “interfaith dialog.” Higher education at work.
Teenage Arab Girl Strangled to Death by Her Brother in “Honor Killing.” But, hey, that’s their culture. And liberals want to know why we can’t get along with our Arab neighbors? I’ll tell you why: because a culture that accepts and condones such barbarism has nothing in common with my value system. G-d help us if we did get along with such a debased society. And of course, so-called honor killings have nothing to do with Islam. Uh-huh.