The basic message of the story: Olmert is losing the support of the media - "reputable experts" contradict Olmert's optimistic outlook for the war - army generals criticize the military strategy - the former head of Israel's secret intelligence service even demands talks with Iran.
dpa wants Germans to believe that Israel cannot win the war against Hezbollah, and that self-doubts and critique within Israel are mounting. Since the Israelis (including the media) are virtually united behind the government's Lebanon strategy, dpa has to rely on "experts" with dubious political positions to proof its point. Take, for example, the "reputable history Professor" (dpa) Zeev Sternhell, who is extensively quoted in dpa's story. In an awfully one-sided polemic ("The most unsuccessful war") in the left-wing daily Haaretz Sternhell calls the Lebanon war a "serious blow to the government's credibility", and speaks of "cynicism being demonstrated by government spokesmen, official and otherwise, including several military correspondents, in the face of the disaster suffered by the Lebanese".
What dpa doesn't say is that Sternhell is a card-carrying member of the looney left, who - according to Wikipedia - "has long been a supporter of the Israeli peace camp and writes critically in the Israeli press about the Occupation and his government's policies toward the Palestinians". In his book "The Founding Myths of Israel: Nationalism, Socialism, and the Making of the Jewish State" Sternhell complains about the lack of socialistic vigour in Israel's labor party. Sternhell's interpretation of Israel's policies vis-a-vis the Palestinians ("colonial policing, which recalls the takeover by the white police of the poor neighbourhoods of the blacks in South Africa during the apartheid era") is approvingly quoted by none less than Noam Chomsky, another German media darling.
What we have here is another example of a "reputable" German media outlet to introduce left-wing "experts" in its reporting of foreign affairs, the same procedure that served the German media so well in its reporting on the Iraq war.
Call it "the Americanization of Israel's image in the German media". I'm sure, we will see more of it in the next couple of weeks.
Update: A must-read for our German speaking readers: Henryk M. Broder's latest article ("Sit-in blockades against Hezbollah?" - our translation) in SPON.