By Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff
This is the 1st accomplished account of the development of the second one Lebanese struggle, from the border abduction of an Israeli soldier at the morning of July 12, 2006, during 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 definitely the right classes from this failed military confrontation? What can Western nations examine 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 sector and its results at the West.
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S. administration was sick of him, and the left called him a catastrophe. But two and a half months before the general elections, which were set for May 17, 1999, the campaign of the opposing candidate, Ehud Barak, still had not managed to take off. In spite of the sharp public criticism of Netanyahu’s premiership, the polls continued to indicate a tie between the two men. If he was to distinguish himself from his opponent, Barak needed a new tactic that would prove to the electorate that his ideas for changing the country were practical and not merely empty words.
Even as the withdrawal drew near, only a small minority among the officers’ senior ranks were in favor of such a unilateral step. The IDF’s presence in the Lebanese security zone constituted a war of attrition, undetermined and with no heroic victories. Most Israelis will probably remember it by the endless line of photographs of casualties adorning the front pages of the national papers every month throughout the 1990s. Yet Lebanon was the defining experience for an entire generation of officers and young fighters who came of age during those years.
According to one of the officers involved, “He was very clear, knife sharp. ” IDF Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz, head of Northern Command Gabi Ashkenazi, and Intelligence officers again warned him against withdrawal without agreement, but the prime minister replied that the withdrawal would create “an invisible wall of delegitimacy” that would prevent further Hezbollah attacks on Israel. Without the support of the Lebanese nation and without the understanding of the international community, he claimed, Hezbollah would be unable to continue with its attacks.