Ron Tal: Gaza pullout hurt IDF's Lebanon training

October 4, 2006 08:57

Maj.-Gen. Yiftah Ron Tal said Wednesday that the echelons responsible for the fighting in Lebanon this past summer must take responsibility for the war's failure. According to Tal, responsibility lies with both the military and political ranks. He added that there was a clear connection between the IDF's failure in the Lebanon war and its participation in the disengagement last summer. "The IDF, from a readiness standpoint, was well-prepared for this war. That wasn't the problem with this war, the emergency storage units and the training. Our army this past June and July was in a sufficient state of fitness to subdue Hizbullah, but the army dedicated most of its time to training for the disengagement, and therefore the training suffered," he said.

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