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Second Lebanon War

The Second Lebanon War was a 33-day military conflict in Lebanon and northern Israel between the Hezbollah terror organization and the Israeli Defence Forces. The conflict started on 12 July 2006, and continued until a United Nations-brokered ceasefire went into effect in the morning on 14 August 2006.

The conflict began when Hezbollah militants fired rockets at Israeli border towns as a diversion for an anti-tank missile attack on two armored Humvees patrolling the Israeli side of the border fence. Of the seven Israeli soldiers in the two jeeps, two were wounded, three were killed, and two were captured and taken to Lebanon. Israel responded with airstrikes and artillery fire on targets in Lebanon, including Beirut's Rafic Hariri International Airport which Hezbollah used to import weapons and supplies.

IsraCast Articles

Author David Grossman

The internationally acclaimed Israeli author David Grossman, whose son was killed in the war between Israel and the Hezbollah, was the main speaker yesterday in the memorial rally marking the eleventh anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Tens of thousands attended the rally, at 'Rabin square' in Tel-Aviv.

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THE WAR & REGION

What are the chances for the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 will be fully implemented? And how serious are this weeks implied threats by Syrian President Bashar Assad to take the Golan Heights by force? Professor Eyal Zisser presented his assessment on these and other issues in an interview with David Essing:

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THE DAY AFTER

Except for one isolated incident, the ceasefire in Lebanon appears to be holding. Israeli soldiers did open fire at approaching Hezbollah guerrillas. On the first day of the cease-fire, civilians on both side of the border are starting to return to their homes.

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RACE AGAINST KATYUSHAS

The race is on - 30,000 IDF troops are now trying to drive the Hezbollah Katyusha threat out of range of Israel before the cease-fire takes effect on Monday morning. So far the terrorists have hit Israeli population centers with over 3,600 rockets. Meanwhile, both Israel's PM Ehud Olmert and Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah say they accept UN resolution 1701 for a cease-fire.

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ONE WAY OR ANOTHER

Israel has approved an IDF advance to the Litani River in Lebanon but is waiting to see if the diplomatic effort can halt the Hezbollah missile barrage and force the guerrillas away from the Israeli-Lebanese border. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking.

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AFTERMATH OF TWELVE DEAD SOLDIERS

Israelis were startled back into reality today from the hope ending the war with Hezbollah. In one of their fiercest bombardments of the war, the guerrillas launched over 150 Katyushas into Israel. The Kiryat Shemonah area was their main target.

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IDF HEADS FOR THE LITANI

When Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared there is no cease-fire, IDF ground forces had started a push to the Litani River in southern Lebanon. Olmert served notive that he is determined to drive Hezbollah out of Katyusha rocket range.

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QUO VADIS ISRAEL

Israels decision to mobilize three IDF reserve divisions has aroused speculation about the course of the war against Hezbollah. At the same time, the security cabinet has also decided to continue the policy of limited incursions against Hezbollah strongholds in southern Lebanon that killed nine soldiers on Wednesday. In an interview with the Maariv daily, Chief of Staff Dan Halutz has unveiled his thinking at this stage of the war.

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HIGHEST ISRAELI FATALITIES

In South Lebanon, intense fighting flared up when IDF troops moved into the Hezbollah stronghold of Bint Jbail to clear out the remaining guerrillas. At least ten IDF Soldiers were hit. But despite the high casualties, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the IDF operation would continue.

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ISRAELI AIRCRAFT VS. HEZBOLLAH MISSILES

A third Apache helicopter has crashed since the start of the war in Lebanon. This as the IDF continues its operation to drive Hezbollah out of southern Lebanon.

For an inside view of the aerial war between the IAF and Hezbollah, Danny Grossman, a reserve fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, was interviewed on Israel's Channel One:

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IDF ENTERS SOUTH LEBANON

As reported by IsraCast on July 13th, Israel is determined to drive Hezbollah out of the border region of south Lebanon. After warning Lebanese civilians to temporarily leave the area, IDF troops are now battling Hezbollah fighters in the area of Marun A-Ras village. In light of Tehran's all out support for Hezbollah, it is now apparent that Israel is now engaged in a de facto war with Iran and global terrorism.

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ISRAEL SEEKS TIME

In a speech to the nation, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sounded loud and clear that Israel is in a fight to the finish with Hezbollah. While the Israel Defense Forces and Hezbollah guerillas continue to slug it out, the Israeli public shows strong support for the Prime Minister. How is the campaign developing on the ground and in the air? Is any end in sight as international mediators start arriving in capitals of the Middle East?

 

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TERRITORY & TERROR

Israel has unleashed its air power to eliminate Hezbollah's capability to terrorize northern Israel from south Lebanon. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his cabinet have ordered the Israel Defense Forces to do what it takes to knock out the guerrilla organization that is a law unto itself in Lebanon

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ISRAEL GOES TO WAR

Israel prepares to respond in force to the deadly Hezbollah attack from south Lebanon The cross border raid that abducted another two Israeli soldiers has further escalated the current crisis with Hamas in the Gaza Strip in the south. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has left no doubt that Israel will hit not only Hezbollah but also Lebanese targets in reaction to the unprovoked attack from Lebanon.

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