The February 4, 1997 helicopter disaster accelerated Israel's departure from Lebanon. However, the Israeli deterrence that arose in the last round of fighting there is far from ironclad.
Second Lebanon War
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Second Lebanon War sparked public distrust in the Israeli military that has yet been restored, leader of Lebanese militia says.
The documentary on the Second Lebanon War by a Hezbollah-linked channel featured interviews with former Israeli generals, ministers and combatants.
Group prepared for operation for seven months, setting up training area modeled after the border-zone where the attack took place, the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen reports.
It's lamentable that in the intense arguments revolving around the 'IDF spirit,' the chief of staff supports those who cast doubt on the righteousness of the Zionist path and the necessity to vanquish the enemy decisively.
IDF position near Metula fired on with light arms; none hurt, though bullet hit soldier's dog tag, but failed to cause injury.
At anniversary event in Jerusalem, Netanyahu stresses effort invested in learning the war's lessons; President Rivlin praises country's self-criticism, urges unity in advance of a possible future conflict.
If there’s another round of fighting, Hezbollah will aim to seize a locale for a few hours and fly its flags amid the burning ruins. But the Israelis’ return is all part of the plan.
Lebanon has been rebuilt and even the tourists are back, but the economy is still sagging amid 1 million Syrian refugees.