By Amos Harel
This is the 1st finished account of the development of the second one Lebanese conflict, from the border abduction of an Israeli soldier at the morning of July 12, 2006, in the course of the hasty determination for an competitive reaction; the fateful discussions within the cupboard and the senior Israeli command; to the heavy battling in south Lebanon and the raging diplomatic battles in Paris, Washington and New York.
The e-book solutions the next questions: has Israel discovered the perfect classes from this failed military confrontation? What can Western nations research from the IDF's failure opposed to a fundamentalist Islamic terror organization? And what position did Iran and Syria play during this affair?
34 Days delivers the 1st blow-by-blow account of the Lebanon battle and new insights for the way forward for the quarter and its results at the West.
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Extra resources for 34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon
Shortly after convening his government, Ehud Barak paid a visit to the IDF’s Northern Command. General Effi Eitam, then division commander, told him that “20 casualties a year is a reasonable price to pay of the ability to continue holding Hezbollah by the throat. We are stronger. ” Barak stuck to his guns. 20 34 Days The countdown to withdrawal had already begun; the soldiers in Lebanon and their parents were already aware of this. For years, whenever military commanders in Lebanon wanted to inspire their men to war, they would point to the lights of the northern Israeli towns and villages along the border behind them.
This is a legitimate question, attractive in its all-inclusiveness. Serious people, such as former Chief of Staff Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon and Sneh, believe it to this day. But now, more than a year after the end of the second Lebanon war, there is a large measure of logic to be found in the path that Barak chose to follow. The only major fault in the whole process is that Barak failed to fulfill his promise that Israel would retaliate with all its force if Hezbollah renewed its attacks on Israeli territory.
A small military force conducted a chase in Lebanese territory but was soon ordered back. The kidnappers were no longer in the vicinity. ” The international community was even showing signs of understanding toward a potential Israeli operation in retaliation to the abduction so soon after the withdrawal from Lebanese territory, by condemning Hezbollah’s attack. An Israeli response never happened. There were two reasons for this, one overt; one covert. The main rationale—one that Barak voiced at every opportunity—was the reluctance to open a “second northern front” at that time.
34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon by Amos Harel