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By Amos Harel

This is the 1st finished account of the development of the second one Lebanese battle, 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 combating in south Lebanon and the raging diplomatic battles in Paris, Washington and New York.  

The publication solutions the next questions: has Israel discovered the best 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 function 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 area and its results at the West. 

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Being a Shiite means that you can only thank the Hizb for its heroism and sacrifice, it is not your role to contribute to “weakening” it or to “break its word” or to make him know when to back down or compromise to preserve his victory on the one hand and to preserve the Lebanese nation and its openness as well as its development on the other hand!! That means never to question whether pride takes precedence over the lives of others and whether stones take precedence over arms. 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.

Barak believes that Hezbollah welcomes assistance from anyone willing to give it but is committed mainly to Lebanese public opinion. Not that the debate bypassed the Israeli intelligence community. A former senior member of the Military Intelligence Directorate admits that, at a certain stage, Hezbollah’s move toward elections caused the department to think that the organization was abandoning its extreme ideologies. “The Intelligence Department found it hard to understand what Hezbollah wanted.

To Mofaz’s credit, he was diligent in implementing the plan, although he opposed it. The army carried out Barak’s orders to the letter. ENOUGH, WE’RE DONE WITH LEBANON When it became clear that no accord would be reached with Syria, Barak dictated one more condition to the IDF: The withdrawal must be carried out in a way that will surprise Hezbollah and deny it the ability to muster forces. Much of the preparations were made, therefore, far from the eyes of 24 34 Days Hezbollah and the Southern Lebanon Army (SLA).

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