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Report: Israeli Military Slow To Recognize War

An internal report on Israel‘s war against Hizbullah last summer accused military brass of being slow to formally acknowledge a state of war. Doing so would have enabled critical procedures to have been enacted, including calling up reservists at short notice and releasing intelligence information to field commanders. The report was prepared by Dan Shomron, a former army chief of General Staff, who rose to fame as a principal in the famed Entebbe rescue. Shomron limited his censure of the army’s highest echelon to criticizing it for poor organization. Some observers had expected more severe personal criticism of Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz, and perhaps a call for his resignation.