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By Amos Harel

This is the 1st accomplished 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, in the course of the hasty choice for an competitive reaction; the fateful discussions within the cupboard and the senior Israeli command; to the heavy scuffling with in south Lebanon and the raging diplomatic battles in Paris, Washington and New York.  

The ebook solutions the subsequent questions: has Israel discovered the ideal 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 warfare and new insights for the way forward for the area and its results at the West. 

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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. Barak believed that Syria was capable of removing Hezbollah from southern Lebanon and, later, of brokering a peace agreement between Israel and Lebanon. The belief that the conflict with Syria is basically over territory (and not national-communal like that between Israel and the Palestinians), coupled with the evaluation that Hafez Assad was a serious negotiating partner and more stable than Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, led Barak to 22 34 Days place his emphasis on the Syrian channel—a “Syria first” approach.

According to one of the officers involved, “He was very clear, knife sharp. ” IDF Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz, head of Northern Command Gabi Ashkenazi, and Intelligence officers again warned him against withdrawal without agreement, but the prime minister replied that the withdrawal would create “an invisible wall of delegitimacy” that would prevent further Hezbollah attacks on Israel. Without the support of the Lebanese nation and without the understanding of the international community, he claimed, Hezbollah would be unable to continue with its attacks.

The organization also based itself on the religious judgment (fatwa) of Khaminai, who granted permission to participate in the elections. To a large extent, the decision turned out to be a wise one. Hezbollah achieved legitimacy in Lebanon without the need to disarm. However, it also helped create a rift within the organization, when the a-Tufaili group broke away in July 1997. The most substantial process to be put in motion by the policy of ingenuousness was the change Hezbollah underwent in Lebanese and international public opinion.

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