The news from Israel confirms that there’s a high degree of popular outrage over the poor performance of the politicians and military in Lebanon. Major reforms are likely, to judge by the tone of Israelis quoted in the press. In this regard the current situation resembles the aftermath of the 1973 war.
If the recent war hadn’t happened — i.e., if Hezbollah and Iran had waited a few more years before making their move — Israel might have been even more unprepared for an even bigger attack. IOW even though the war has been a debacle, it may be that a debacle now, if its lessons can be assimilated in time, is preferable to a much bigger crisis down the road.
(Note that the political demonstrations mentioned in the second article are not, contra the misleading headline, demonstrations in opposition to Israel’s participation in the war. They are demos against the leadership for mishandling the war.)