Hizballah pleased with Israeli war probe

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The Lebanese terrorist organization Hizballah on Monday expressed satisfaction with the critical findings of the Winograd Commission into the Israeli leadership's handling of last summer's Second Lebanon War.

Senior Hizballah officials stated that the commission's censure of Israel's military and political leaderships for their ineffective execution of the war effort proves that Hizballah won.

"The Winograd report stressed that Hizballah was victorious and that Israel is beatable," said a spokesman for the group in an interview with Lebanon's Al-Manar television.

The war erupted after Hizballah fighters crossed Israel's northern border on July 12, 2006 and kidnapped two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reservists. Eight other soldiers were killed in the raid, which was also accompanied by a rocket barrage on northern Israel.

As Israel mobilized for war, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed that the coming offensive would not cease until the hostages were free and Hizballah had ceased to exist as an armed threat in southern Lebanon. Neither condition was met.

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