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Author Marcus, Raphael D., author

Title Israel's long war with Hezbollah : military innovation and adaptation under fire / Raphael D. Marcus
Published Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 330 pages)
Contents Strategic adaptation -- IDF "routine security" and the evolution of Hezbollah (1985-1992) -- Deterrence, guerilla warfare, and the establishment of the "rules of the game" (1993-1999) -- A change in the strategic equation : the IDF withdrawal from Lebanon -- The erosion of deterrence, the 2006 war, and the Dahiyah doctrine (2000-2017) -- Conclusion to part I : strategic adaptation -- Operational adaptation -- The source and origins of the RMA in Israel -- The RMA "in action" : IDF operations in Lebanon and Hezbollah's adaptation in the 1990s -- The rise of the IDF's Operational Theory Research Institute and systemic operational design -- The 2006 Lebanon war : military adaptation and counter-adaptation -- The "blame game" : a reappraisal of the IDF's 2006 operational concept -- Conclusion to part II : operational adaptation -- Conclusions -- Afterword : back to the future : IDF force planning and Hezbollah's military adaptation in Syria
Summary This book provides the first comprehensive military history of the decades-long conflict between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah. It begins in 1985 during the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon, includes the Second Lebanon War (a.k.a. the July War) in 2006 and aftermath, and brings the story up to the present. Raphael Marcus conducted extensive research in primary sources in both Hebrew and Arabic and conducted dozens of interviews with Israeli military participants. A second contribution of the book is that it assesses both strategic and operational military learning and adaptation by each side, or lack thereof, during the guerilla and counterguerilla campaigns. His conclusions illustrate the complexity and messiness of military adaptation under fire. It tells the story of slow strategic adaptation and disjointed operational adaptation by the Israeli Defense Forces, where civil-military relations, regional and geostrategic factors, institutional dynamics, domestic pressures, and organizational culture each hindered change. An Afterword in the book discusses adaptation on both sides since the 2006 war and Hezbollah's involvement in the war in Syria. Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah have once again heated up in fall 2017, making this a timely book
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 27, 2018)
Subject Israel. Tseva haganah le-Yiśraʼel -- History.
Hizballah (Lebanon) -- History.
Operational art (Military science)
Israel -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Israel -- History, Military -- 21st century.
Israel -- Military relations -- Lebanon.
Lebanon -- Military relations -- Israel.
Genre/Form History.
Military history.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018012278
ISBN 1626166129 (electronic book)
9781626166127 (electronic book)