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, 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 publication solutions the next questions: has Israel discovered the appropriate 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 function 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 sector and its results at the West.
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Additional resources for 34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon
Fearing the advancing IDF, Syria welcomed the arrival of the Revolutionary Guard contingent. THE EARLY YEARS Already in 1984, the Shiite districts of Beirut and the Beqaa Valley were pretty accurate replicas of Iran. Large pictures of the Imam Ruhulaah Khomeini hung at every junction. Hezbollah fighters strode through the streets with ribbons around their foreheads that bore two legends in Arabic, Alla Akhbar (Allah is great) and Kaidona Khomeini (Khomeini is our leader). A “modesty watch” patrolled the neighborhoods and villages, overseeing the dress of the women and girls.
On the contrary, two years earlier, Barak had been opposed to a unilateral withdrawal. ” FROM AN AGREED-ON WITHDRAWAL TO UNILATERAL WITHDRAWAL Barak’s original plan spoke of an Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon by agreement, as part of an Israeli-Syrian peace arrangement. In return for its proposed withdrawal from the Golan Heights, Israel expected to be compensated by then Syrian president, Hafez Assad, with full and secure peace between the two countries together with a commitment that all Hezbollah hostilities would cease upon completion of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
To be Shiite is to accept that your country be destroyed in front of your very eyes—with no surprise—and that it comes tumbling down on your head and that your family be displaced and dispersed and becomes “a refugee” at the four corners of the nation and the world, and that you accept standing up to the enemy with no complaints as long as there is a fighter out there with a rocket that he can launch at northern Israel. . To be a Shiite is to keep silent and not to ask what is the purpose of liberating a country.