So Israel will have to drive deep into Lebanon, moving north-east into the Bekaa Valley, and also north along the coast, and then deal with intense fighting in the south of the country along the Litani. There is also the question of whether the fighting may not also be equally intense in the more northern areas, where Hizballah may be just as prepared as in the south.
With Gen. Dan Halutz, IDF chief of staff and planner of the air campaign, currently in hospital, his place has been taken by Maj. Gen Moshe Kaplinsky. Friedman notes that
Kaplinsky is drawn from army, having commanded the Golani Brigade, with long experience in Lebanon. This brings expertise on ground warfare to the top spot in the IDF, particularly in combined infantry-armored operations in Lebanon. Israel has focused down on the main battle now. Hezbollah has been focused for a while. As the cliche goes, the outcome is in doubt, in large part because like all wars, the end of this one is political -- and the intersection of the political with the military complicates the war enormously.