Entangled in Southern Lebanon: Israel, Iran, Syria and Hizbollah
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Israel invaded Lebanon in 1978 and 1982 with the intention of destroying the Palestinian Liberation Organization PLO infrastructure. Hizbollah filled the vacuum that was created by the removal of the PLO. In an effort to neutralize Hizbollah and obtain a secure northern border, the Israeli Defense Force IDF has undertaken many military operations that have appeared to be counter-productive. These operations have only served as a catalyst for tit for tat battles between the IDF and Hizbollah. The purpose of this thesis is to examine and analyze why Israels military efforts in southern Lebanon have failed to achieve a secure and peaceful northern border and argue that the time is ripe to end the Israeli-Lebanon conflict via a diplomatic solution.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations