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Revolutionising the Concept of Victory: the Lesson not Learned by the Enquiry into Israel’s Lebanon War


In the light of the 2006 foray into Lebanon, the Israeli military has, despite the initiation of an enquiry, failed to appreciate the inherent problems in its concept of victory.

On the morning of 12 July 2006, a Hezbollah force opened fire on an Israel Defence Force (IDF) unit patrolling the Israeli-Lebanese border. Three soldiers were killed and the other two – Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev – were kidnapped and taken across the border into Lebanon. Another IDF force sent in to stop the kidnapping hit a mine, bringing the death toll to eight. In contrast to previous events, Israel decided to retaliate that day by launching an all-out attack on

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