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

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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

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published January 1st 2008)
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Barry Sierer
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Chuck
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Luka Novak
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: military, middle-east
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
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Mark
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Maurice
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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