In a visit of support to the north on Wednesday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that "the IDF operation won't last for months and, even if it lasts for longer than we planned, we'll know how to match the solution to the citizens."
"I don't intend on announcing an end to the operation. They (Hizbullah) will figure it out on their own, the hard way," he continued. Olmert met with 20 heads of local authorities in the north and spoke to them about their distress.
"Our strength is what you give us and I hope that next year – if you invite me – I will be able to formally kick off the Klezmer Festival," added the prime minister.
Pursuant to difficult reports of the fighting in Bint Jbeil, Olmert toured in Safed and met the mayor, members of the local council, defense establishment representatives, and rescue forces. He also visited the Ziv Medical Center in the city, where several civilians and soldiers, wounded as a result of the current crisis, are hospitalized.
Olmert spoke to various sources about activities, both military and civilian, being undertaken in the city to protect its residents. He also expressed support for Safed Mayor Yishai Maimon, stating that "this visit gives me spiritual strength."
"We are running a different kind of war than the wars in the past. It wasn't planned, but, two weeks in and during the fighting, the nation is trying to help, as best it can, those parts of the home front that have turned into a battlefront," he said.