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, throughout the hasty selection for an competitive reaction; the fateful discussions within the cupboard and the senior Israeli command; to the heavy scuffling with in south Lebanon and the raging diplomatic battles in Paris, Washington and New York.
The ebook solutions the next questions: has Israel realized 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 struggle and new insights for the way forward for the zone and its results at the West.
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Additional resources for 34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon
On March 1, one day after the explosion that claimed Gerstein’s life, Barak participated in Channel 2’s It’s All Politics program. Barak replied to a question by saying that if he was elected, he would get the IDF out of Lebanon within one year of convening a new government. “I mean to renew negotiations with Syria,” he added, “but withdrawal from Lebanon does not depend on any Israeli-Syrian agreement. We can withdraw OWARD THE END 18 34 Days from Lebanon within a year, with the support of the international community and talks with Syria.
The IDF also decided to transfer its Taibe stronghold to the SLA’s Shiite battalion. Control of the Taibe stronghold, located in the narrow part of the security zone, was critical to the continued control of the zone, and its transfer turned out to be a big mistake. The SLA managed to hold on to the post for a week; on Sunday, May 21, 2000, hundreds of Shiites set off from their villages to the north of the security zone to the village of Taibe. Surprised by the arrival of the civilians, the SLA troops simply fled.
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. But the way in which the IDF chose to deal with the renewed aggression was a bad sign of things to come. Clearly this was how Hezbollah saw it too. The first crisis came on October 7, 2000, at Mount Dov in the eastern section of the border with Lebanon. After four and a half months of quiet, Hezbollah attacked a routine IDF patrol carried out by soldiers of the military engineering corps.