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Israeli Soldiers Angry over Losses in Hezbollah Fight

As the war between Israel and Hezbollah comes to an end, Israeli soldiers express anger over the loss of their comrades who were called into active duty from the reserves.

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  • INIGO GILMORE, ITV News Special Correspondent:

    They're converging on Jerusalem from across the country. Reserve soldiers, now out of uniform, are in a mood to protest.

    As they take to the roads bearing Israeli flags, they're encouraged by hoots of support from passing motorists. It's a time of deep soul searching in Israel, as reserve soldiers and their supporters demand answers about the handling of the war in Lebanon, where it went wrong and who should be held responsible.

    Reserve soldiers make up 70 percent of the Israeli army. Unlike conscripted soldiers, they can speak out, and they're not holding back.


    Reservists got bad treatment, got bad equipment, bad decision-making. And that's what brought me here; I'm here for the people of Israel to say and to shout that, the next time it will happen, it won't happen again.


    This soldier was on his way to the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, now the focal point of the burgeoning protests. More than 50 reserve soldiers, mostly married men with families and businesses, were killed in this short war. Some have accused the government and military of sending their comrades to unnecessary deaths.

    Their grievances have become a big story, plenty of talk about poor planning, poor preparation, and general chaos around the operation. Day and night, they're now protesting here, young and old, new recruits by the dozen.

    "Olmert, resign, Olmert, resign," they chant. Brigade Commander Colonel Amnon, commander of the 7th Tank Brigade, was in charge of the eastern section of south Lebanon with thousands of soldiers under his command. Speaking on the night the major ground offensive was launched, he agreed to talk on condition the interview would be broadcast only after the war was finished.

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