By Amos Harel
This is the 1st finished account of the development of the second one Lebanese conflict, from the border abduction of an Israeli soldier at the morning of July 12, 2006, in the course of the hasty determination 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 booklet solutions the next questions: has Israel discovered the proper 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 battle and new insights for the way forward for the quarter and its results at the West.
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BEING A SHIITE IN LEBANON What is the meaning of being Shiite—for the majority of Shiites at this point—and at this critical juncture? Barak Promises To be a Shiite, means that you entrust your fate to the wise and infallible leadership without daring to ask any question even if just as a point of understanding. ” . . To be Shiite is to accept that your country be destroyed in front of your very eyes—with no surprise—and that it comes tumbling down on your head and that your family be displaced and dispersed and becomes “a refugee” at the four corners of the nation and the world, and that you accept standing up to the enemy with no complaints as long as there is a fighter out there with a rocket that he can launch at northern Israel.
Eighteen years before, Sharon had been removed from all positions of power, by decree of the Kahan Report on the first Lebanon war. The Kahan Commission, established by the Government of Israel to investigate the massacre carried out by a Phalangist (Christian militia) unit in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut, had banned Sharon from serving as minister of defense but not as prime minister. The upheaval caused by the failure of the Camp David negotiations and the escalating violence of the second intifada led him to an unexpected electoral victory.
To be a Shiite means to confer to the leader of the resistance his role as a loyal hero to the cause of the Arab nation in its entirety. . If you are a Shiite you are not to ask this leadership how the groundwork was prepared to absorb this indiscriminate war and its “potential” consequences. Where are the hospitals, the ambulances, never mind the shelters. These are the responsibilities of a state—That was never consulted in declaring war. . 27 28 34 Days To be a Shiite means to incapacitate your mind and leave it to Sayyed Khamene’i to guide you and to decide for you what he wants for arms to “Hezbollah” and he imposes on you the meaning of a victory that has little difference from suicide.