In a letter to all Israel Defense Forces soldiers, regular and reserve, IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. General Dan Halutz said that the threats have not passed, and that all deficiencies uncovered during the war will be investigated and repaired.
“We are obligated to a thorough, true, and fast investigation of all defects, failures and successes. We must learn the lessons and implement them because we still have operational challenges ahead. The investigation will include everyone, all the way from me, to the last soldier,” Halutz wrote in the letter.
Halutz emphasized that the threats Israel is facing have not passed and there is a need to keep a heightened level of alertness for the coming days. “We need to keep the operational edge and the readiness levels high because the battle is not over,” he wrote.
Halutz also praised the soldiers, both regular and reserve, for their fighting during the war: “In your fighting you showed courage, decisiveness, initiative, and operational abilities.”
Halutz detailed the IDF’s operational successes during the war: Damaging Hizballah’s long range missile capacity and its infrastructure, logistical, and operational capabilities in Beirut, south Lebanon, Baalbek, and many other places.
Halutz mentioned that after the kidnapping of the soldiers, the IDF faced a dilemma whether to restrain itself in the face of the systems that were constructed over the years by those who want to hurt us, or to respond with war.