Israel's real strength isn't its army or its air force or its intelligence service.
Its real strength is it's a free society.
In a free society citizens can openly criticize their leaders and debate tactics and national strategy.
And that's exactly what is going on in Israel right now in wake of the recent fighting in Lebanon.
Israelis are holding their political and military leaders to account.
It's hard to imagine such a thing happening within the ranks of Hezbollah or in places like Syria or Egypt.
Yet because Israelis are free, because they can challenge their leaders without fear, because they live in a society with where new ideas can come to the fore, they can more easily adapt to new circumstances and bounce back from failure.
This is a lesson their terrorist enemies may learn the hard way.