Israelís Second Lebanon War Reconsidered

Israelís Second Lebanon War Reconsidered

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Since: Apr 13

Tel Aviv, Israel

#1 May 14, 2013
Operation Change of Direction, the code name given to Israelís war against Hizbollah in Lebanon in 2006 by the Operations Directorate of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was the most inconclusive performance by far in the IDFís many trials by fire since 1948, in that it represented the first time that a major regional confrontation ended without a clear cut victory on Israelís part. The campaignís uneven course and outcome did not emanate from any particular single point failure but rather, in the words of two informed commentators, from ďan overall accumulation of circumstances.Ē More specifically, it did not reflect any failure of Israelís well endowed air arm to perform to the fullest extent of its considerable but not unlimited capabilities, as many were quick to complain. Rather, it resulted from a more overarching deficiency in strategy choice, whose most flawed elements were inconsistency between avowed goals and the available means and will to pursue them, and the Israeli governmentís initial placement of friendly casualty avoidance above mission accomplishment in its ranking of campaign priorities.

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