By Amos Harel
This is the 1st entire 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 battling in south Lebanon and the raging diplomatic battles in Paris, Washington and New York.
The ebook solutions the subsequent questions: has Israel realized the precise classes from this failed military confrontation? What can Western international locations examine 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 conflict and new insights for the way forward for the zone and its results at the West.
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Terrorist activity along the border, Mofaz predicted, would continue, with the help of Palestinian organizations among others. At a cabinet meeting on April 27, 2000, Mofaz warned that “with the withdrawal completed and in an escalated situation [we must] take into consideration the Hezbollah’s ability to use long range weapons. ” Barak’s response was that the government had already decided and “the army has to present to the ministers how it was preparing to carry out the government’s decision.
Barak is certain that the Mount Dov abduction had nothing to do with the withdrawal, which did not include that region. There had been abductions in Lebanon when the IDF were still there. Hezbollah had established its rocket system throughout the region before the unilateral withdrawal, whereas the IDF positions along the border had been built at a later stage, after the Barak government left office. ” Barak saw the actual Denial 41 abduction as a tactical-operational failure on the part of the IDF, which did not warrant a “frenzied” Israeli response.
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.