By Amos Harel
This is the 1st accomplished 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 struggling with in south Lebanon and the raging diplomatic battles in Paris, Washington and New York.
The ebook solutions the next questions: has Israel discovered definitely the right classes from this failed military confrontation? What can Western international locations study from the IDF's failure opposed to a fundamentalist Islamic terror organization? And what function did Iran and Syria play during this affair?
34 Days delivers the 1st blow-by-blow account of the Lebanon warfare and new insights for the way forward for the zone and its results at the West.
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Additional info for 34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon
Although reduced combat activity meant leaving the field open to Hezbollah (and enabling further Hezbollah attacks), this was the path chosen by many of the officers. ) Ya’akov Amidror, former head of the Research Branch of the Intelligence Department, even before the decision had been taken on unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon, Israel had never defined its objective for overcoming Hezbollah. “We asked ourselves how [we could] achieve quiet, not how do we overcome Hezbollah. It was a very expensive strategy.
That means never to question whether pride takes precedence over the lives of others and whether stones take precedence over arms. To be a Shiite means to confer to the leader of the resistance his role as a loyal hero to the cause of the Arab nation in its entirety. . If you are a Shiite you are not to ask this leadership how the groundwork was prepared to absorb this indiscriminate war and its “potential” consequences. Where are the hospitals, the ambulances, never mind the shelters. These are the responsibilities of a state—That was never consulted in declaring war.
For the IDF, these actions were embarrassing. On one hand, soldiers were being hurt. On the other, no one wanted to allow mere stone throwing to reignite the now-peaceful border. In the end, a technical solution was found: Several metal cages were built in which soldiers could stand, protected from stones. The soldiers were removed from the border eventually, in order to reduce friction with the Lebanese stone-throwers. The problem was solved for the time being, and lacking available, vulnerable targets, the Lebanese lost interest.