The Second Lebanon War had started in the summer of 2006 between Israel and the terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon at the northern borders of Israel. In Lebanon, the war is called the 34 days War or the July War. This month (July 2012) Israel commemorates the six year anniversary of this terrible war.
The war had started after Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by the Hezbollah and in addition the western Galilee settlements of Israel were shelled by them. Following this, Israel decided to answer with force.
The main goals of the war were to release the two kidnapped soldiers – Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser – remove the threat of missiles and rockets on Israeli residents and to achieve a complete cease fire.
This is my translation to a part of a diary written by a soldier during the Second Lebanon War: “The next thing I remember is waking up with surprise. At first we didn’t understand what went pass us, we hadn’t a chance. We woke up because of the noise, noise like a whistle. The whistle was close and loud, right over our heads. We each ran for our vests and there was chaos until someone asked, or better yet screamed: ‘what was that?’ and then an answer came from a different part of the house: ‘Sagger!’”
The main results of the war were the dismissal of the Israeli Defense Minister, the IDF Chief of Staff and other senior military personnel. Also a commission of inquiry was established and had investigated the conduct of the government and the army during this war. The painful result is the release of the murdering terrorist Samir Kuntar and four other prisoners as well as 199 bodies for the return of kidnapped Israeli soldiers (sadly they were returned in coffins and the Israeli side was left in the dark in regards to their fate until the actual “delivery”).
This is a movie about the war through the eyes of civilians.
(video from Yodel83IL on youtube.com)