Some of the reserve IDF soldiers are being sent out of Lebanon, the residents of the north are starting to go back home, and there are those in the government who are taking out the knives and starting to attack each other for the failures of the war - all signs that Israel is going back to its usual routine.
On the other hand there are worrying signs that this period of time is just a short break from the fighting, and that it will start up again soon. Ynetnews.com has their report here that Hizballah is announcing publicly that they will not disarm, and the IDF Chief of Staff said today that we may have to stop pulling our troops out of Lebanon.
I just listened to an interview with Member of Knesset Effie Eitam, one of the current Knesset members with relatively recent IDF experience. He is urging those in charge to make their criticism of the IDF both professional and constructive, in order to learn and plan for the next stage of fighting - which he predicts will start in just a few days.
I hope that Effie Eitam is wrong, but I feel that he is right. My fear is that the nutcase in Iran wants to celebrate August 22nd by bashing Israel - and is urging Nasrallah to give it another go. Waiting a little bit until there are more civilians in the way - both Israelis in the north and Lebanese in the south, would be just his way of operating.