Second Lebanese War

IDF: Lebanon fired first

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2010

Israel has said Lebanese forces fired the first shots in a clash on the border and warned of “consequences” if the incident is repeated.

Lebanese officials claimed they had only fired “warning shots” because Israelis had been trying to cut down a tree in Lebanon. But Israel said its soldiers “were on routine activity in Israeli territory”.


Flare up on Israel-Lebanon border

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2010

Israeli troops have reportedly been shot at near the border with Lebanon.

According to security officials Galilee residents have been ordered into bomb shelters after explosions believed to be caused by a mortar shell fired into the area.

Initial reports suggest there has been an exchange of fire between Israeli and Lebanese forces.

Two Lebanese soldiers are believed to have been killed.

The flare up on the border comes four years after the Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hizbollah.


Hall of Infamy: Naim Kassem

July 14, 2010

"We now hold a large and precise bank of Israeli targets, and Israel will have to pay the price for any step it takes.

"Hizbollah has worked to develop its readiness to rise to the challenge should it arise, and we can safely say that in the past four years we have prepared ourselves far more than Israel has.”


Lebanon war victims sue Al-Jazeera

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2010

A group of victims of Hizbollah rocket attacks have begun legal action against the Al-Jazeera television network for allegedly aiding the terror group.

The 91 Israelis and North Americans claim that the Qatari media organisation’s coverage of the conflict helped Hizbollah aim missiles more accurately during the 2006 second Lebanon war.

According to those bringing the case, Al-Jazeera’s real-time broadcasts regarding the location of missile strikes enabled Hizbollah to strike civilian centres more effectively .


Analysis: Lebanon War lessons were totally ignored

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2010

When the commission of enquiry into the botched raid finally gets down to work, they should start by reading a three-year-old document. The Winograd Commission report, written in the wake of the Second Lebanon War four years ago, has no direct connection with the clash off the coast of Gaza, but all it had to say regarding the decision-making process of Israel's political and military leadership is relevant to the current crisis.


Fallen soldiers honoured

March 26, 2009

The University of Haifa has created 121 scholarships in memory of every fallen soldier of the Second Lebanon War.

Each student awarded a scholarship will be encouraged to form a personal connection with the bereaved family of the soldier in whose name the scholarship was received.

Miki Goldwasser, mother of the late Ehud Goldwasser, spoke on behalf of the bereaved families, saying: “The generous donation merges the memory of the IDF’s fallen soldiers — some of whom never realised their dream to study — with scholarship grants to students who will realise their dream.”


Apology to Qatar PM for ‘Israel visit’ claims

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2008

A London-based Arabic newspaper has apologised to Qatar’s Prime Minister for articles falsely alleging that he had secretly visited Israel.

Saudi-owned daily Asharq Al-Awsat published three reports about Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani’s trip to an Arab foreign ministers’ conference in Beirut during the Lebanon conflict in August 2006.

They claimed he had held discussions with Israeli ministers en route to the conference, briefing them on the Arab position.


Soldiers come home on a day of public mourning

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 18, 2008

IDF soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser were laid to rest yesterday (Thursday), two years and four days after the Hizbollah attack on their patrol which triggered the Second Lebanon War.


Israel is in mourning as Hizbollah claims victory

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 18, 2008

“A nation in tears” is how President Shimon Peres summarised the nerve-wracking Wednesday in which Israel received the bodies of captured soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud (Udi) Goldwasser in return for the remains of 199 Lebanese and Palestinian fighters, four captured Hizbollah men and convicted murderer Samir Kuntar.


Analysis: A bad deal closes a disastrous war

By Daniella Peled, July 18, 2008

The last scenes of the disastrous Second Lebanon War were played out on Wednesday, and ended with Hizbollah being able to claim victory even more convincingly than they did two years ago.