2006 Lebanon War Ii

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The Israeli Perspective of the 2006 War in Lebanon. This presentation was first presented at an event that took place in October 2006, at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where Israelis and Lebanese met to tell their story of the 2006 War.

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2006 Lebanon War Ii

  1. 1. Israel – Hezbollah / IRAN Summer of 2006 War On July 12, 2006 the G-7 Summit was supposed to meet to discuss sanctions against Iran, following Iran’s rejection of the ultimatum to discontinue Uranium enrichment Iran made sure world attention would be shifted to another direction… the war in Lebanon began on that same date the G-7 Summit was supposed to take place The Israeli Perspective Presentation by Ofer Bargev Florida State University Event, October 2006 Israelis and Lebanese met to talk and present the experience of the War from the perspective of both sides This presentation is intended to present the Israeli perspective of the War (or at least a glimpse of it…)
  2. 2. Middle East Israel & Lebanon right in the middle
  3. 3. Some background points about the Israeli perspective… • Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000 in hope of having a peaceful border • Lebanon was supposed to take control of its borders and disarm Hezbollah (According to UN supported international agreements) But unfortunately: – Lebanon did not take control of the border – The Lebanese government did not disarm Hezbollah and allowed it to build up – Over the years Hezbollah built up and accumulate 12,000 missiles, and remains committed (Explicitly) to the destruction of Israel, and to the transformation of Lebanon into an Islamic State , inspired and supported by Iran. – And this 2006 war, as much as it “surprised” everyone, should have been expected.
  4. 4. The people in Israel were taken by complete surprise Over the past six years, since the withdrawal from Lebanon tourism and business were flourishing, the border was generally very peaceful But that changed this summer… • Hezbollah crossed the border kidnapped two soldiers, and killed 8 other soldiers • Israel retaliated with a counter attack • Hezbollah replied with a total of 3,970 Rockets targeting civilians, shot across the northern part of Israel • 44 Israeli civilians were killed • 119 Israeli soldiers were killed • Hundreds of Israelis were wounded • Billions of Dollars in Economic damage • About 500,000 Israelis fled out of their homes to southern Israel. Others were living in fear in their bomb shelters for a month
  5. 5. Rocket Range into Israel from Lebanon
  6. 6. Apartment Building in Haifa hit by Hezbollah Rocket
  7. 7. Innocent Israelis who paid the highest price for Hezbollah’s/Iran’s aggression in the summer of 2006
  8. 8. A relative reacts at the scene of a rocket attack that killed three women, the mother and two sister of the man at right, in the town of Arab el Aramsheh in northern Israel, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006. Dozens of Hezbollah rockets slammed into communities across northern Israel on Saturday
  9. 9. A seriously injured Israeli, who later died, is brought into the hospital after a being wounded in a Hezbollah rocket attack in the northern Israel town of Kiryat Shmona Friday August 4, 2006. After Israel expanded its assault on Lebanon Friday, launching its first major attack on the Christian heartland north of Beirut, Hezbollah renewed attacks on northern Israel, killing two civilians in a barrage of 120 rockets
  10. 10. The girlfriend of Israeli Army officer Alex Shwartzman, no name given, grieves at his funeral in Nahariya, Israel, Thursday, July 27, 2006. Shwartzman was killed on Wednesday during fighting with Hezbollah guerrillas in the village of Maroun Ras in southern Lebanon. Woman at left is unidentified
  11. 11. A plane releases powder to extinguish a fire caused by a rocket fired from south Lebanon toward the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona in this Monday, July 31, 2006 file photo. Thousands of acres of forests and grazing fields have gone up in smoke and its various inhabitants killed as a result of Katyusha rockets that hit northern Israel
  12. 12. A woman walks with two children past blood on the floor at the scene of a rocket attack in the northern Israeli city of Acre August 3, 2006. Hizbollah guerrillas killed eight people in Israel in a rocket barrage on Thursday despite an intensive Israeli ground and air campaign to wipe them out, as world powers struggled to end the 23-day-old war
  13. 13. Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of their comrade Alon Pintuhe, who was killed in action against Hizbollah on Thursday, during his funeral in the northern Israeli town of Haifa, August 4, 2006. A rocket fired by Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon killed one person in the northern Israeli village of Maghar on Friday, the ZAKA rescue service said.
  14. 14. Most Israelis are very concerned about Iran, and the existential threat that it is posing on the State of Israel by its imminent nuclear arming. The Hezbollah is its front line army on the Israeli border… On July 12, 2006 the G-7 Summit was supposed to meet to discuss sanctions against Iran, following its rejection of the ultimatum to discontinue Uranium enrichment Iran made sure world attention would be shifted to another direction… 4 years later, in 2010, Hezbollah has rebuilt its power (and more), against all agreements signed at the end of the 2006 war whereby the Lebanese government was supposed to stop the smuggling of weapons into Lebanon. Hezbollah now has Rockets that reach Tel Aviv (provided by Iran) and the world is still hesitant about sanctions against Iran…???? !!!!

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