OVERRIDE

Operation Peace

Richard Gabriel

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The first book about the 1982 war in Lebanon, Operation Peace for Galilee is based on hundreds of interviews with the soldiers of both sides, the guerrillas who fought in it, and the civilians caught in the middle.  Much of the detail is drawn from in-depth conversations with the major Israeli commanders who planned and fought the battles.  The author traveled every major route of advance taken by the Israeli army, and visited the sites of important battles, including Tyre, Sidon, the Beirut-Damascus highway, the Bekaa Valley, and Beirut.  Materials, notes, and articles dealing with matters of national security are routinely submitted to Israeli censors, but Gabriel was able to circumvent this process.  His is therefore the only analysis which considers the Israeli Defense Force's successes and failures in the war in Lebanon and the problems resulting from the major expansion of the IDF since the 1973 war.

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Operation Peace for Galilee
1The Israeli Defense ForceHISTORYFor the past thirty-five years the Israeli Defense Force has been the shield protecting the country. Since its beginning in 1948, the Israeli army has fought no fewer than five major wars against Arab attacks, any one of which was capable of destroying Israel. To the average Israeli, it is impossible to separate the Israeli Defense Force from the history of modern Israel. It takes no stretch of the imagination to suggest that, given the continued imbalance of forces between Israel and its enemies, had the Israeli Defense Force not
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