Israeli officers, realizing this hasn't been the best few weeks for their institution, are pushing back on stories of abuse and indiscipline in Operation Cast Lead. In the same way, Jeff White -- a longtime (and highly respected) DIA analyst who now writes for the Washington Institute -- has written a largely apologetic* consideration of Israeli operational behavior in Gaza. We've debated IDF performance in Gaza, and some of the threads were so intense that I almost re-instituted the (in)famous "No Israel and Palestine" rule for the blog. But I might as well instead link to two pieces offering interpretations of events contrary to those printed in Ha'aretz.
*I use "apologetic" in the Greek sense of the word.