Olmert could have alienated Hezbollah from the rest of the Lebanese, especially those in the North. Instead, he chose to provoke the Northern Lebanese and drove them together. It was arrogance and over-confidence that led him to make such grave mistakes.
As written in Israeli newspaper Harretz, when comparing Sharon and Olmert
- "Over and over again, the paradox is revealed: Retired generals discover the limits of power when they become political leaders, while "civilian" leaders tend to be deceived by the magical power of the IDF..."