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34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  54 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This is the first comprehensive account of the progression of the Second Lebanese War, from the border abduction of an Israeli soldier on the morning of July 12, 2006, through the hasty decision for an aggressive response; the fateful discussions in the Cabinet and the senior Israeli command; to the heavy fighting in south Lebanon and the raging diplomatic battles in Paris ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2008)
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Barry Sierer
Oct 29, 2014 Barry Sierer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This conflict has clearly put a dent in the legend of the IDF’s fighting prowess. This book chronicles the frequent missteps by the Israeli government and the IDF high command in the “Second Lebanon War” on the diplomatic and tactical levels.

While some of these mistakes can easily be put down to “the fog of war”, others can only be described as negligence; especially in regards to the ignorance of the state of the IDF’s ground forces by Defense Minister Peretz (no clue), Prime Minister Olmert (a
Andrew Montiveo
Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff’s 34 Days provides a close examination of the 2006 conflict between Israel and the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah. The two Ha’aretz correspondents provide an insightful look into an armed struggle drenched in miscalculation by both sides.

The first chapter opens on the Israeli/Lebanese border on the morning of July 12, 2006. A Hezbollah ambush leaves three Israeli patrolmen dead and another two missing. The event prompts Israel's prime minister, Ehud Olmert, to ord
Sep 12, 2011 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A history of the Israel-Hizbollah War of July 2006 written by two Israeli authors.

This conflict was started by a Hezbollah raid into Israel that killed wounded or captured members of an Israeli border patrol who were on the Israeli side of the border. The raid appears to have been motivated by a number of domestic Hezbollah and Iranian issues. The Israelis decided to escalate the situation. Most western and middle eastern nations detested Hezbollah and acquiesced to the escalation. However, the
Luka Novak
Interesting book but spends too much time on background. While it's important to know how Hezbollah came about book spends too much time on pointless details.

Good overview of Israeli decission making (both IDF and civilian).

Probably suffers from short time distance between publishing and actual war. No critical distance, things still classified etc.

Kudos to authors for not using "terrorist" label for Hezbollah something too many Israeli authors do almost atomatically.

The title should be "34 Days
Aug 19, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by two Israeli defense journalists, 34 DAYS is a relatively even-handed account of the 2006 2nd Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah. They are not kind to PM Olmert or Chief of Staff Dan Halutz for basically rushing into a conflict with no clear plan on how to end it. The authors also fault the IDF for getting away from it's conventional warfighting roots through near constant involvement in the low-intensity conflict with the Palestinians. While undoubtedly better books on this topi ...more
A rather boring book, focuses too much on the political aspects and very little military aspects,
A chilling insight into the boondoggle known as the Second Lebanon War. Sad to see how the people of lebanon are the victims of Iranian politics, Hezbollah greed for fame, Syrian interference and Israeli haughtiness. ANd there is yet no end in sight...
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