We've been able to obtain a translation of what could be described as Israeli PM Ehud Olmert's victory speech. A direct statement to the people of Lebanon, as well as the achievements of the operation are towards the end. Bottom line, the campaign will continue, and Hezbollah is not the same organization it was three weeks ago. It's lengthy, so it continues below the fold:
The fighting continues. There is no cease fire and there will be no cease fire.
The IDF is fighting in the air, sea and land, and at this very moment, the IDF is advancing in the south of Lebanon to destroy the terrorist infrastructures there.
Mr. Minister, the honorable Chairman of the Center of Local Authorities, Mayor of Karmiel, which is at the front line of this campaign, my friend Adi Eldar, my friends and partners, heads of local councils in the State of Israel,
Citizens of Israel, Israel continues to fight.
This campaign began exactly 20 days ago, when the Hizballah terrorist organization attacked Israeli soldiers on Israeli territory, killed eight, kidnapped two – Udi Goldwasser and Eldad Regev – and began launching a barrage of missiles against our northern communities.
When the campaign began, I said it was not going to be easy. We knew then, my fellow ministers and I, that it would be difficult and even painful, sometimes very painful. We said that we would have to show a great deal of ingenuity and patience in order to reach all terrorists, locate all their hiding places and strike against all their missile launchers. We said that we would pay the heaviest price of all – in human life – and in the loss of property, loss of peace, loss of the daily routine and sometimes, for a brief period, even loss of a zest for life.