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The Lebanon war's failure to meet the public's expectations explains the sense of disappointment among Israelis, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz told Yediot Aharonot in an interview published on the eve of Yom Kippur.
"I ask myself whether things could have been done differently, and if so- how?" Halutz asked. "I'm trying to ask myself if I'm convinced that our direction was the right one from an operational perspective."
"Did I make the right decisions?" he continued.
"If there was one thing I worried about throughout the war with Hizbullah, it was people's lives," Halutz confessed. "When I hear that a soldier dies it affects me deeply. This is the hardest time in my life."
"It's not how it looks," he explained, "but that's how I feel inside. Everything is hard for me - the price of the war, it's personally hard for me. I can't compare it to anything I've ever experienced."