David M. Rosenberg
I've been looking for a general overview of the 2nd Israel-Lebanese war and this book delivered. The authors are Israeli, but they do a good job of maintaining a distanced, neutral perspective and stick to a plain accounting of events without deep commentary. A good starting off point for learning about the conflict and understanding the central themes and events of the war like the initial Hezbollah raid and kidnapping, the incident at bint jbayel, the bombing of northern Israel, and Olmert's fateful late ground war.
An insightful book, which appears to be modeled after Bob Woodard's "Bush at War" series, tackling the Lebanese War 2006 primarily from the the offices of the Israeli Prime Minister.
The book covers all aspects of the war from UN negotiation, events leading to the war, minimal details of what happened militarily during the war, and how it ended. The entire book moves chronologically: Prewar, war, Ceasefire, future.
I was looking for something providing details on the actual military excursion, but that was not forthcoming in this text.
I gave a 3 star rating because the book was confusing at times, jumping back and forth in time and place. So organization was a problem. As well, the focus on Olmert was annoying. I was not interested in why Omlert did this or Olmert did that. Many times, his actions were recorded which had only minimal relation to the war.
Trace the commander of this organization and the many operation that was conducted against israel by this terroist organization One interesting part is the infighting conducted by the organization on how to set its goals out and who is the majoe leader in this organization.
This is not a military study but a political study of a short war between a divided democratic government and a paramilitary political group Hezbollah with very limited support from the locals.
The problem often that democracies have is that they have too many decision makers. I am reminded of a general who said "With one leader, I can do wonders and with many nothing."
What seemed to have happened according to this book is that too many Israeli leaders went into Lebanon with different views on what was to be done. As the conflict progressed Israel kept changing the goal post. No where was an overall achievable objective goal made. As such Israeli troops were killed for nothing. As such to their credit officers in the Israeli army sometimes refused to carry out some of their orders. Since no achievable goal was established, Israel finally ended with what many argued was a defeat.
One point I was struck about in the book was a comment that no other government would have gone to war over the kidnapping of its soldiers. This saids much about Israel.
Another point the writers do not make through that should be made, is that no-one has kidnapped Israeli soldiers since and it also ended much of Hezbollah's independence in Lebanon so it was not as useless a conflict as the writers seem to feel.
However, the clear lesson from this book is that before going to war a country should have a unified leadership with an achievable aim.
Zinovy Y. Vayman
Avi shows up for a June lecture in a posh part of Boston.
The presentation was a lackluster one. The lecturer treated listeners as the citizens who do not read the readily available sources of information. So much for the Haaretz newspaper which features great pages on art and literature. The ignorance of some attendees was apparent.
The kosher laws were not observed as promised--meat and fish were not clearly marked and they were on the same table and at the same time. It could lead to the consumption of meat followed by fish.
I distributed my short flyer. See it below.
(One of my mentors--Yale--noted in private that one should stress that the country of Palestine was subdivided before 1949 into Israel and Jordan [Transjordan] with Gaza going to Egypt and Golan to Syria.
The populations of Palestine chose to be called Jordanians and Israelis. No Palestinians per se until 1964 and some smart Arabic speakers in Al Misr [Egypt] with their Filasteen.)
The flyer was given to Avi and his listeners:
Our beloved State of Israel
in the country of Palestine is being derailed by Mr.Issacharoff who uses the name "Palestinians"exclusively
for the Arab-speaking communities in the country which includes Tel Aviv, Gaza, Ramallah, Amman, Jerusalem,
Haifa, Beer Sheva, Hevron, etc.
Avi Issacharoff helps to lose
the Jewish narrative in the Middle East and, ultimately, to lose an armed conflict between the Israeli Jews and the Arabs.
I also wrote a letter to the American Israeli Policy Advocating Committee:
Dear AIPAC Movers and Shakers:
Do not allow Mr Issacharoff to derail our beloved State of
Israel via his terminology based on discrimination:
namely, he calls only Arab speaking people in Palestine "Palestinians." The country of Palestine surely includes Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nablus, Jenin, Irbid, Gaza and Beer Sheva.
In order to advance his academic career Avi Issacharoff
is ready to help bring the entire Jewish project in Palestine to its defeat
(see the title of his book below). Naturally, he receives
prizes and accolades for his betrayal of the Jewish Palestinians residing in Haifa, Tiberias, Ashkelon, Ariel, Lod and Ramle (to mention just a few Israeli enclaves.)
Avi Issacharoff has been the Palestinian and Arab Affairs Correspondent for Haaretz since 2005.
A fluent Arabic speaker, Issacharoff, 36, has an insider's knowledge and contact with the inner workings of Palestinian society, and has directed and edited documentary films about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Born in Jerusalem, Issacharoff graduated from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev with a BA cum laude in Middle Eastern Studies and Literature and a MA cum laude from Tel Aviv University. Today, Avi teaches modern Palestinian history at Ben-Gurion.
Prior to working at Haaretz, Issacharoff was Middle Eastern Affairs Correspondent for Israel Radio, where he covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as conflicts in Iraq and other Arab countries. He was also Palestinian Affairs Correspondent for Israeli Public Radio and Israeli Television.
Along with Amos Harel, Issacharoff co-wrote "The Seventh War: How we won and why we lost the war with the Palestinians", a 2004 book about the second Intifadah. The book - a best-seller in Israel - has been translated into French and Arabic, and won the prestigious Chechic award in 2005, for outstanding security research.
Issacharoff and Harel's second book, "34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah and the War in Lebanon", about the war of 2006 was published in Hebrew in January 2008, and also became a best-seller. It was published in English, by Palgrave-Macmillan Books, in April 2008. "34 Days" also won the Chechic award in 2009.