Live from an Israeli bunker

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Wise man, Not a military man



My hat is off to Mr. Olmert. Ironically he is a man without military experience who has performed better then past leaders who used to be generals. And it seems like everybody are behind them, including the United States. The senate is unanimously saying that Israel has a right to defend itself, and is condemning Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria and Iran. Israel itself is uniting behind Olmert and IDF's effort in a way that few remember happening before. Condoleeza Rice is coming next week (taking her time, to give us time).

Well, they are going to have to stick by him now. Israeli ground troops have just made an incursion into Lebanon. Like I said before, you can't accomplish all the goals only from the air. The bombings during the golf war in 1991 lasted for months but the outcome was decided in under a week of ground troops fighting. Getting in is easy, getting out is not. So these will be swift operations by relatively small teams.

I also got a tip that I cannot confirm right now and has to be taken with a large grain of salt that the location of the captive soldiers is known. And is rather shocking (or perhaps not), it is suspected that they are held in the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

These two events might be related, or they might not be.

One thing is for sure, things are certainly heating up. Its 6AM local time, I expect to hear a siren within the next 4-6 hours.  

Updates as it unfolds.

Update: Sirnes sounded around Haifa and the north a few minutes ago. No hits have been reported, either a false alarm or a misfire. The day starts early.

23 Comments:

  • Would the Iranians be so foolish as to hide the kidnapped soldiers in their embassy? Seems hard to believe. Wait and see I guess...

    By Blogger Beldar, at 6:21 AM  

  • Yes it seems far fetched. But considering the sources are Lebanese I decided to ahead and post it. Don't forge the 'grain of salt' part either.

    Either way, this marks the start of ground operations in Lebanon. And might bring about a further escalation.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 6:32 AM  

  • Sadly, in this circumstance I believe anything is possible. It's hard to see how the endgame would play out favourably if it were true, unless of course in the first step down a new path Iran returned the soldiers and renounced hezbullah in the name of peace, truth, beauty and the persian way!

    Stay safe.

    By Blogger Beldar, at 6:48 AM  

  • From Wikipedia:

    Olmert served with the Israel Defense Forces in the Golani combat brigade. While in service he was injured and temporarily released. He underwent many treatments. Later he completed his military duties as a journalist for the IDF magazine BaMahane. During the Yom Kippur war he joined the headquarters of Ariel Sharon as a military correspondent. Already a Knesset member, he decided to go through an Officer's course, at the age of 35, in 1980.

    By Anonymous John Davies, at 7:13 AM  

  • Eugene..

    Thank you for blogging! I just heard your interview with Roger Simon. Hope you are going to do more with him.

    It means alot to know your point of view...I am far away in Los Angeles and can not even imagine what it must be like for you.

    Go Isreal !!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:14 AM  

  • Heads up, Hebrews. Apparently, Nasrallah has more long range Zelzars than was previously suspected. He's planning a barrage on Tel Aviv-so goes the latest report that's hit one American message board. That will finally tip the scales and send the IDF to the Bekaa. Nasrallah's not done yet, and neither are the Iranians.

    You people better have your strike armor mobilized for cross country road marches, 'cause you'll need it. Hez are about to change the game, methinks. They see the lack of a ground invasion as a sign of weakness; now they'll pour on the heavy stuff.

    By Blogger Chris, at 7:51 AM  

  • John, most everybody at one point serve in the IDF. Olmert doesn't have a military career, he is not what is considered (here at least) an army man.

    Chris, ground forces are on the move now. As to your information, it might very well be true but where are you getting it?

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 8:01 AM  

  • The Pallies put out some ridiculous number indicating that Nasrallah had 500 Zelzal rounds available to him and that he would give Tel Aviv an hour to evacuate before launching a V-2 style Blitz. Of course, that's a Pallie news agency for you, so I don't pay the numbers much mind. However, indications from IDF General Staff intelligence agree w/ our own Joint Chiefs that the Hez have more Zelzals than originally thought, and are waiting for the Go Code from Mr. Dinner Jacket in Tehran for a general bombardment on the city.

    Methinks that Dinner Jacket is full of piss and vinegar and will give the Go Code. You guys haven't done the full Panzer Blitz to the Bekaa yet, so the Persians think that Olmert has lost his nerve. Of course, once the missiles fly, the full armored invasion will happen. Right now, all we're hearing about over here are the odd mechanized probe now and again.

    Airpower doesn't win wars. Armor and Infantry wins wars. Saddam sat under our No Fly Zones for ten years and terrorized his entire nation. It wasn't until Third Infantry Division, 1st Marine Division, 101st Air Assault, 82nd Airborne, and 3rd Battalion/7th Cavalry Regiment got to Baghdad that Saddam left town. And they're still fighting the bad guys. You want to get rid of the Katyushas? You got to go in and dig them out AND smoke the jihadi while you're at it. Period. There's no easy way to do it. It's why the IDF collects a paycheck. IDF is an army, not an encounter group.

    You can't eliminate the Hez, but the only way to make them useless to the Iranians is to go up there and physically scatter them to the four winds.

    By Blogger Chris, at 9:20 AM  

  • The two soldiers kidnapped by hezbollah are in Beirut. In the iranian embassy. Which means the diplomats in pants are dancing "the jig is up."

    And, the incursion into Lebanon? Why not think of it as "looking at the crime scene?" Where the kidnapping took place. What if there's a tunnel close by? What if the tunnel, never expecting that it would be found, is NOT booby trapped?

    Why not think that if it's a tunnel. It's not something you can pick up and move. So it has points to it. A place where you can drag two soldiers underground. And, then?

    What if there are tire tracks? Let's say from a UN vehicle?

    You've never seen tire tracks traced at crime scenes before?

    You think geniuses kidnapped the two Israeli soldiers? REALLY?

    I think this was planned FAST. By nasrallah. Who is now hiding out with drug fiends. Or drug lords. In the mountainous region of HARMEL.

    Drug lords know how to go to ground. And, to move things clandestinely. And, yup. Through tunnels. Onto trucks. Where along the way graft is paid so others "look the other way."

    While two trucks from syria, with missiles on top, were spotted. And, as soon as they reached a road in lebanon, they were taken out. BOOM.

    You'll see. A lot of stuff will get told about what's going on, now. Instead of a goose step, it's a duck walk. But it's the same thing. Insane, dellusional people, believing they get benefits when they kill Jews. Well, jerks like that never learn. CAROL HERMAN

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:58 AM  

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    By Anonymous mekahlo medina, at 10:37 AM  

  • Heard of you from Pajamas Media/Roger Simon. You are a smart young man.

    The blogs have been busy in the past week - we will only get busier.

    Keep yourself and others near you out of harm's way.
    Tell the truth, and tell it often.
    Do these and everything else will take care of itself.

    With thoughts and prayers,
    -JMK

    By Anonymous Jeremayakvoka, at 11:21 AM  

  • Mekahlo Medina said: "Hey saw your interview in rogerlsimon's site.
    im a reporter at the nbc station in los angeles... we do a blog show on our digital channel... roger has been on it.. we would love to talk to you
    we tape live between 1pm and 2pm PST... would love to do a phone interview.
    if that is too late... how about an email exchange?

    hit me up... my email address is (removed)

    im mekahlo by the way.

    im headed to bed now, but will check email promptly at 8 in the morning PST.

    thanks.

    stay safe."

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 1:53 PM  

  • here is a little youtube slideshow in support of you brave folks
    I am proud of you!

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=biLLsSRvrGk&search=mid%20east%20tensions

    By Anonymous Abu Afakski, at 2:19 PM  

  • God Bless you & stay safe.

    By Anonymous Jen, at 3:06 PM  

  • Thank you for the correction. It explains what we are hearing here in the USA. Some news programs are reporting that he had no military service.

    I guess that the Israeli view that he's not military because he's not career military is being reported here as no military service. Considering that we made such a big deal about John Kerry and George Bush's few years in the service that we would make that mistake.

    By Anonymous john davies, at 4:10 PM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:44 PM  

  • this war will be the end of isreal.
    lebanon is strong and his people more and more strong when they saw all what do isreal with the childs.and huzbalah is more strong then before.israel will see!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:52 PM  

  • Wishful thinking about the demise of Israel is what got those children killed. Instead of wishing for the end of Israel would you not rather wish for the safety and freedom of Lebanon? And do you really think these two wishes conflict in any way?!

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 1:00 PM  

  • i was in lebanon and i saw what happen there.israel yes is strong in her airplanes..but the really war is in the land man to man..and i am sure that a lot of judi army will dies there..wait the time he will let you see.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:08 PM  

  • I'm sure we will have casualties there is no doubt about that.

    What Nasrallah says about it, he isn't denying that they will lose.

    “Our dogma and strategy is when the Israelis come, they must pay a high price. This is what we promise and this is what we will achieve, God willing.” - He says basically that he was/is willing to have Beirut and Lebanon bombed, hide behind Lebanese civilians and children, and knowingly sacrifice his troops just to see a few Israeli soldiers die.

    Does that seem sane to you? Is it worth it? He doesn't mind you, your family, your kids being killed, he is willing to expand you.

    Why support that? Why?

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 1:13 PM  

  • What CNN never shows you
    http://fromisraeltolebanon.info/

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:19 PM  

  • CNN shows nothing BUT that. And just so you know, that picture with the girls has more to it then you think.

    Read the story behind the picture and think with your head. Nobody is denying that there is suffering in Beirut and that there were casualties but don't buy into the idea that Israel does this on purpose.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 1:23 PM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:11 PM  

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