Israel's 2nd Lebanon War
Speaker: Amir Bar Shalom, Chief Military & Security Correspondent, Channel 1 TV Israel
On July 12, 2006, two Israeli soldiers - Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, were kidnapped near Moshav Zarit. Approximately three weeks before, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by a terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip. Israel decided to go to war. Five weeks later, Israel found itself begging for a ceasefire with Hizballah.
*What happened during this period which changed Israel from a regional superpower to a punching bag?
*How did the 1st Lebanon War look in reality?
*Did the Olmert government miss the chance to determine from the beginning the rules against Syria, Iran and Lebanon?
*Most importantly - Who won the 2nd Lebanon War?
Amir Bar Shalom is the Head of the Military Desk of Channel 1 TV Israel, providing ongoing coverage of security events in Israel and abroad. Amir served as Chief Correspondent in the 2nd Lebanon War, including daily live broadcasts on the shelling of northern Israel and accompanying forces operating in Lebanon.
Amir's coverage includes the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), Shin Bet (Security Service) and Mossad (Secret Service) as well as the Defense Ministry. Amir provides daily reports on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the territories with live broadcasts from the field. He participates in dozens of classified operations with security forces in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. He has also accompanied special operations of the Israel Naval Commando off the shore of Rafiah, Gaza Strip and participated in NATO training exercises involving a joint American, Israeli, Greek and Turkish naval exercise in the Mediterranean.
Amir served in the 1st Lebanon War as a Combat soldier and officer in the IDF Givati Brigade and as an Instructor in the Officers' School. In 2002, he served in the West Bank in "Operation Defensive Shield." Currently, he serves as a Major in the Israeli Army Reserves. Amir obtained a B.A. in Political Science at Hebrew University and an LL.B (Bachelor of Law) at Academic College, Kiryat Ono.