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Israel: After the War, a Political Earthquake

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006

Israelis take very seriously the admonition that during the life-and-death times of warfare, criticism of the government and the military must wait until the guns have gone quiet. This time, the effort to refrain from second-guessing proved particularly challenging. That's because the results proved frustrating, painful and frightening in the 34-day war against Hezbollah.

The rumbles of a political earthquake are now following the conflict that destroyed Israel's aura of invincibility. Now that the soldiers are returning home, the shakeup will begin and the careers of respected politicians and military men will be changed forever. ...

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