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By Amos Harel

This is the 1st accomplished 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, during the hasty selection 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 realized the fitting classes from this failed military confrontation? What can Western nations examine 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 zone and its results at the West. 

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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. Barak predicted that Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon would remove the main validation for the continued presence (since 1975) of the Syrian army in Lebanon and begin the countdown to Syria’s withdrawal.

Fayad described the war through the critical eyes of a Shiite with reservations about Hezbollah, at a time when the organization had taken control of the Shiite population and, in many ways, of Lebanon itself. Among the many anti-Israel articles in the Lebanese media during the war, it was possible from time to time to come across one like Fayad’s. The psychology professor accused Hezbollah of serving two masters Barak Promises 29 (Syria and Iran), of creating a state within a “non-state,” of deceiving Lebanese public opinion, and, especially, of imposing the organization’s agenda on all the different communities in the country.

Iran dictated Hezbollah’s three major objectives, which consisted of instilling the religious ideology of Islamic revolutionary Iran, improving the social and economic status of the Shiite community in Lebanon, and reinforcing its military power. Tehran poured millions of dollars into Hezbollah and the Shiites in Lebanon via the social institutions it established in Beqaa, Beirut, and the country’s South. In Lebanon, as Shimon Shapira wrote in his book Hezbollah Between Iran and Lebanon, Iran tried to establish a “counter society,” with the aim of providing a solution to the social, economic, and political depression from which the Shiites had been suffering for decades.

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