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Israeli press says fight must go on
Israeli Press
Many Israeli commentators remain adamant that the offensive against Hezbollah must continue despite the deaths of nine soldiers in Lebanon the previous day.

But others are critical of the government, accusing it of acting recklessly and with insufficient regard to the consequences of entering Lebanon.

And there is also criticism of Wednesday's international conference in Rome, with one commentator expressing concern that Israel will find itself in limbo as "no-one knows what to do".

AMNON DANKNER AND DAN MARGALIT IN MA'ARIV

There are no deluxe wars and no battles without casualties but the time has come to change the diskette and not seek a ground confrontation when much more can be done from a distance and from the air. After all, we reached similar decisions as regards heavy aerial bombardment in Beirut and other places... Woe unto us if we act proportionally... We must continue until victory with more determination and less sensitivity.

ZE'EV SCHIFF IN HA'ARETZ

Hezbollah and what this terrorist organization symbolises must be destroyed at any price. This is Israel's only option. We cannot afford a situation of strategic parity between Israel and Hezbollah. If Hezbollah does not experience defeat in this war, this will spell the end of Israeli deterrence against its enemies.

HAGAY HUBERMAN IN HATZOFE

The current war between us and Hezbollah is basically a war of nerves... The question is who breaks first. According to Israeli intelligence, Hezbollah is approaching breaking point... Meanwhile, Israeli society is withstanding the pressure. It is forbidden that yesterday's hard blows break it. Let us hang on - another five minutes - and Hezbollah will break first.

ARI SHAVIT IN HA'ARETZ

Criticism of the government is mounting, and for good reason. The government entered Lebanon War II in a hasty and reckless manner... without being aware of its consequences or foreseeing its outcome. When the war is over, the prime minister will be called to account for his actions.

EDITORIAL IN YEDIOT AHARONOT

When the prime minister continues to declare after two weeks that 'the home front determines the length of the war, not me' he talks rubbish. Until when? Until the 'home front' of the elderly, the poor and the handicapped who are left alone crashes? Until it collapses economically or until a Zilzal missile parachutes into Tel Aviv?

ALEX FISHMAN IN YEDIOT AHARONOT

After the Rome conference they feel in Israel that the political process has entered the stage of an imaginary process... All talk about a political process but nobody means it, and no one knows what to do. Hezbollah abducts, the population suffers - and this does not bother anyone in the world... What worries Israel most is finding itself in a situation of no peace and no war.

EVELYN GORDON IN JERUSALEM POST

By declaring that Israel must... make further territorial concessions to end cross-border aggression from Lebanon, the Saudi-French-Lebanese proposal effectively overturns the longstanding UN principle that acquiring territory through force is unacceptable... Unless the rest of the international community decisively rejects the idea of conditioning Hezbollah's disarmament and the Lebanese army's redeployment on an Israeli withdrawal from Shebaa Farms, the Lebanese ceasefire deal will prove the death knell of Middle East peace for many years to come.

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