A Victory for Whom? Lessons from the 1982 and 2006 Lebanon Wars

Small Wars Journal, 2018

7 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2018

See all articles by Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith

Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith

Duke Law School; Kings College London, Department of War Studies, Students

Date Written: June 4, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Malekos Smith, Jessica Zhanna, A Victory for Whom? Lessons from the 1982 and 2006 Lebanon Wars (June 4, 2018). Small Wars Journal, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3190488

Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith (Contact Author)

Duke Law School ( email )

210 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

Kings College London, Department of War Studies, Students ( email )

King's College London, Strand
London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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