Actually, no. You should read the quote you posted.
Gee put it pretty well in your quote:
"Neither does this mean that fossils exhibiting transitional structures do not exist, nor that it is impossible to reconstruct what happened in evolution."
Although Gee is a believer, it has nothing to do with religious faith. This is a matter of science and scientific evidence.
We know that Lucy was transitional because of the mosaic of characteristics exhibited in the fossil. The Isreali scientists you quoted found that Lucy's species was transitional toward the Australopithecus robustus.