Archive: Israel-Lebanon

'A Great and Severe Missed Opportunity'

Want to know how Iraq might look in retrospect? Take a look at a report on the Israeli-Hezbollah war.

By William M. Arkin | January 31, 2008; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (14)

Israel Attacks Syria and Everyone Wins

Two weeks ago, by many accounts, Israeli aircraft penetrated deep into Syrian airspace and bombed a target. What's surprising is the calm that's followed.

By William M. Arkin | September 19, 2007; 09:17 AM ET | Comments (33)

The Low-Tech War Against Terrorists

Lebanon has been at the forefront of future conflict for at least a year, first with last summer's ill-named "Katyusha" rocket war and now with the death of six Spanish peacekeepers by an "improvised explosive device," or IED, an innovation...

By William M. Arkin | June 25, 2007; 09:19 AM ET | Comments (12)

Is the War on Terror a Global Counterinsurgency?

How did counterinsurgency come to take on an almost positive sheen? After three years of fighting without any real direction or purpose in Iraq, the term is meant to be almost a good thing and a big light bulb of...

By William M. Arkin | March 5, 2007; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (47)

Predictions for 2007, and one surprising death

A surge of troops in Iraq now a foregone conclusion -- the Democratic Congress will prove to have neither the courage nor vision to stop the President -- what does 2007 hold out for national security? I've made some predictions,...

By William M. Arkin | January 4, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (21)

2007 from the War Room

To fully understand President Bush's decision to surge forces into Iraq and stick with the mission, to understand that it is not just stubbornness or some grand vision of a greater good being pursued, one has to look at the...

By William M. Arkin | January 3, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (22)

Threads that lead to a Turkey

The assassination of Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel yesterday and the inevitable connection to Syria and Hezbollah puts the kibosh of the dream of a grand regional solution to Iraq, a solution I questioned yesterday. Christian Gemayel was an outspoken...

By William M. Arkin | November 22, 2006; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (21)

Dealing with the Devil

Last week in Beirut, I was amused by posters of Hugo Chavez, fists in the air, congratulating Hezbollah on their “divine victory” over Israel.Two weeks earlier, Chavez was in Syria, exhorting his new-found friends to “resist together American imperialist aggression."Yesterday,...

By William M. Arkin | September 21, 2006; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (131)

Facts and Myths About the Israel-Hezbollah War

I received lots of hate mail yesterday in response to my "Shock and Awe" piece, some accusing me of working for the Israelis, the CIA or -- even worse -- the State Department. Others called me a tool, a puppet,...

By William M. Arkin | September 19, 2006; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (127)

Solving the Cluster Bomb Problem

"Conforms with international standards." There is a glimmer of hope in Israel's insistence that its use of cluster bombs in Lebanon conforms to international standards.Hope because beyond the horrific stories of children stumbling upon the toy sized unexploded bomblets,...

By William M. Arkin | August 28, 2006; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (55)

Israel's Failed Strategy of Spite

In the 24 hours before the agreed cease-fire, the Israeli Air Force carried out more than 200 air strikes, including attacks on eight "gas stations serving Hezbollah." Gas stations. If Israel and Hezbollah are fighting again in six weeks...

By William M. Arkin | August 15, 2006; 06:24 AM ET | Comments (88)

A Solution Lost to Bureaucracy

Israel has lost its current war against Hezbollah. Not because it hasn't achieved many of its military goals and isn't on the way to achieving more. Not because airpower and technology intrinsically are useless in fighting the "new" war....

By William M. Arkin | August 9, 2006; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (48)

Israel's Last Bridge

For the first time since the war began, there is no way out of Tyre, Lebanon's fourth largest city. Israel has bombed the "last" bridge to the south, a bridge that was the primary route for relief supplies to...

By William M. Arkin | August 8, 2006; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (65)

Let Hezbollah (and Hamas) Govern

In the so-called war against terrorism, Bush administration ideologues and government "strategic communicators" would have us believe that we face a singular evil alliance. Osama bin Laden would like you equally to believe that disparate groups are one entity...

By William M. Arkin | August 7, 2006; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (87)

Hezbollah's Strategy, and Ours

Yesterday was a big head-hunting day. Sen. Hillary Clinton went for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's head; Israel went for that of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. Back at full-scale bombing after the 48 hour "suspension," Israel hopes to...

By William M. Arkin | August 4, 2006; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (243)

Fit for Israeli TV: Commando Raids

As the 21-day Lebanon war grinds toward cease-fire and the imposition of an international peacekeeping force, the Israeli government seeks to portray the "success" of its air and ground campaign. Israel, according to Ehud Olmert, has degraded severely Hezbollah's...

By William M. Arkin | August 3, 2006; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (30)

Cease-fire Within Days? Not Likely

The European Union calls for an "immediate cessation of hostilities, to be followed by a sustainable cease-fire." "Days, not weeks" Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted last night on the “News Hour With Jim Lehrer.” "Weeks" Deputy Prime Minister...

By William M. Arkin | August 2, 2006; 06:40 AM ET | Comments (53)

An Insufficient Stomach for War

"This is a deliberate massacre against civilians," Lebanon's acting foreign minister, Tarek Mitri, told reporters yesterday after addressing the U.N. Security Council in New York. "Genocide," cry Lebanese and Middle East leaders and commentators, referring to Israel's actions. Even...

By William M. Arkin | August 1, 2006; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (297)

Do the U.S.and Israel Feed a World of Terror?

Are Israel and the United States feeding a world of terrorism through their military conduct? Yesterday, Israel's national security cabinet ruled out an expansion of ground operations, and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the operation was going according to...

By William M. Arkin | July 28, 2006; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (70)

Reading Lebanese Civilian Casualties

Hezbollah yesterday had its most successful day of fighting to date in the Lebanon war -- measured in Israeli casualties. Nine Israeli soldiers were killed in fierce ground fighting in southern Lebanon and Hezbollah fired more than 150 rockets...

By William M. Arkin | July 27, 2006; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (61)

Israel's Approach to Peacekeepers

Israel’s attack on a U.N. observation post yesterday, which killed four peacekeepers, seems a turning point in this new war. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed shock at the attack, saying he was "deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting." The...

By William M. Arkin | July 26, 2006; 09:36 AM ET | Comments (72)

Rice to Lebanon: Just Give Israel More Time

As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice touched down in Beirut yesterday on her top-secret visit, the bombing miraculously paused for a few hours, a sure sign of American and Israeli collaboration. Rice told her Lebanese counterparts that she was...

By William M. Arkin | July 25, 2006; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (56)


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