A Victory for Whom? Lessons from the 1982 and 2006 Lebanon Wars
Small Wars Journal, 2018
7 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2018
Date Written: June 4, 2018
Although Israel achieved a tactical victory in the First Lebanon War, it was a ‘strategic mishap’ because it catalyzed Hezbollah’s formation, failed to produce a durable peace agreement with Lebanon and set in motion the Second Lebanon War of 2006. Here, the word tactical refers to the Israeli Defense Force’s military victory in forcing the Lebanese government to expel Yasser Arafat and purge Beirut of PLO members. This essay evaluates the causes and outcome of the two Lebanon wars.
Keywords: Lebanon, Israel, Hezbollah, War
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