Israel Defense Force’s Chief of Staff, Lt. General Dan Halutz said that the IDF’s reservist corps, who fought effectively, bravely and decisively during the war, has suffered greatly over the past few years from budget cuts.
Halutz added that Hizballah’s anti-tank threat has cost the IDF a great toll. He added that the Kfar Giladi incident, where a group of reservists were killed by a direct hit of a Katyusha rocket was a hard blow. “We will investigate all incidents as soon as the fighting is over,” said Halutz.
He also added that with the beginning of the ceasefire, there is great potential for explosiveness that will have to be neutralized in coordination with the international forces that will be entering the area. Halutz added that there is a need to take the written resolution and turn it into a practicable plan. “Right now there are people working on this very issue. We need to create a mechanism of dialogue with whoever replaces us in Lebanon so there will be someone to pass the baton to. As far as I am concerned, UNIFIL is just a codename because the force that is supposed to arrive will have greater authority,” he said.
Halutz also said that the IDF will cease all offensive fire, but “we still have the right to defend ourselves and we intend to do just that if we are attacked,” he said.