34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/4/29
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This is the first comprehensive account of the progression of the Second Lebanese War, from the border abduction of an Israeli soldier on the morning of July 12, 2006, through the hasty decision for an aggressive response; the fateful discussions in the Cabinet and the senior Israeli command; to the heavy fighting in south Lebanon and the raging diplomatic battles in Paris, Washington and New York. The book answers the following questions: has Israel learned the right lessons from this failed military confrontation? What can Western countries learn from the IDF's failure against a fundamentalist Islamic terror organization? And what role did Iran and Syria play in this affair? 34 Days delivers the first blow-by-blow account of the Lebanon war and new insights for the future of the region and its effects on the West.
'...a gripping account of the events on the ground with a trenchant, even brutal, dissection of the decisions of Israel's political and military leadership...for readers keen to understand how Israel's leadership stumbled unprepared into one of the most devastating wars of recent years, this admirably slim volume provides all the answers.' - Tobias Buck, Financial Times 'Based on hundreds of interviews with players on both sides, the book is a thorough, clear-eyed (neither side escapes hard censure) view a of short-lived war, the influence of which is, and will continue to be, widely felt.' -- Globe and Mail, Canada Praise for Harel and Issachorff's The Seventh War: 'In this book, journalists Harel and Isacharoff trace the trajectory of the conflict. Though the authors are Israeli they take both sides to task.' - Newsweek 'Perhaps the most valuable aspect of Amos Harel's and Avi Isacharoff's excellent book, The Seventh War is that for the first time in more than four years of warfare, one can take a break and read a comprehensive work of journalism which allows a degree of perspective.' - Jerusalem Post商品の説明をすべて表示する
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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.
While some of these mistakes can easily be put down to “the fog of war”, others can only be described as negligence; especially in regards to the ignorance of the state of the IDF’s ground forces by Defense Minister Peretz (no clue), Prime Minister Olmert (also no clue), and IDF Chief of Staff Halutz (not interested in getting a clue).
The initial airstrikes mounted by the IAF successfully took out Hezbollah’s medium range missiles. Hezbollah was politically “on the ropes” in Lebanon and was under intense pressure to disarm. However the Israeli government gave up its high ground with the 2nd Qana massacre and its inability to decide on the actual goals of its military campaign. This dithering resulted in wasteful operations against Hezbollah that did little real damage and squandered the lives of IDF servicemen (and 1 woman) in order to achieve objectives that sometimes merely symbolic. This account is also reminiscent of the book "Israel's Lebabon War" in that the Israeli cabinet appears to be willfully ignorant of the military operations that it authorizes.
This book focuses primarily on the political and diplomatic aspects of the war. Many of the military references are vague. Despite this, the book still gives a clear picture of a great opportunity that was lost by people who should have known better.
Other than all that: good. Balance it out by studying other books. I have been studying this 34 dsy war for years. The book helps.
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