By Amos Harel
This is the 1st entire 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, during 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 publication solutions the subsequent questions: has Israel discovered the suitable 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 quarter and its results at the West.
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Extra info for 34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon
And in this tense mood if you are a Shiite you have to listen to your Shiite speaker who is disturbed and angry and who wants to turn the world on top of the 14th of March, and who wants to forbid the deployment of multinational forces. And you hear him distribute labels of foreign servitude, treason, Americanism and Zionism left and right, without raising your lip. You have to absorb his anger and agree with all his opinions of which we have shared but a small sample. This is what takes you as far as possible from thinking who the heck you are?
Instead of a desire to face down the enemy, the soldiers aspired to something else. None of them wanted to be last soldier to be killed in Lebanon. BARAK’S RATIONALE Polls in 1997 revealed that 79 percent of the Israeli public opposed unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon. According to a similar poll immediately after the withdrawal in May 2000, over 70 percent of the Israeli public agreed that it had been a wise move. If you ask him, Ehud Barak will tell you that his support for unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon was galvanized long before the change in public opinion.
The second intifada, which had broken out in the occupied territories on September 29, was drawing most of the attention of Israel’s political and military echelons. Moreover, 13 Israeli Arabs were killed by police forces over a week of violent demonstrations in the recent “October riots,” in which local Arabs blocked main roads in the north of the country for several hours at a time. In testifying before the Winograd Commission,2 Ephraim Sneh explained that Israel’s inactivity was due to its reluctance to broadcast to the public that its unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon had resulted in an escalation of violence on the northern border.
34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon by Amos Harel