Gal Hirsch: General staff hid behind soldiers during Lebanon War

"The senior military echelon hid behind its soldiers on the ground, abandoned them, abandoned the commanders and recoiled from all responsibility," Brig. -Gen. (res.) Gal Hirsch, commander of the Galilee Division during the Second Lebanon War, said on Sunday evening. Hirsch, who was speaking in Kfar Saba at the launching ceremony of a new book on last summer's war, warned that if another war were to break out, results would be consistent with the war in 2006. The former military man accused the general staff of failing to plan its actions during the war and accused the army of failing to investigate the war appropriately. "The army searched for those to blame and did not deal with the complicated reality," claimed Hirsch. Hirsch resigned from his post after he was heavily criticized for his responsibility for the kidnapping of reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in July 2006.