Israeli citizens have rallied around their government and the military. A survey published July 21 in the Israeli newspaper Maariv said that 95 percent of Israelis believed Israel’s military response was “justified and correct" and 78 percent were satisfied with the performance of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Meanwhile, Israeli General Udi Adam, who commands the Israeli forces fighting in Lebanon, in remarks shown on Israeli television stated, “I suggest we don’t count the dead until it’s all over.”
Counting at least 12 Lebanese killed July 21, about 350 people have so far lost their lives in the Israeli air, sea and ground assault throughout Lebanon. The great majority of those killed were civilians, according to Lebanese officials. An estimated half-million Lebanese throughout the country have fled their homes. These figures do not account for civilians who are buried beneath the rubble of bombed-out buildings and whose bodies have not yet been found or retrieved. Hence, the real casualty figure is undoubtedly higher.