34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon
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 Par
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more