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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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The Olmert Government and the Second Lebanon War

The Olmert Government and the Second Lebanon War

(p.255) 27 The Olmert Government and the Second Lebanon War
The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers the formation of the Olmert government and the contentions and challenges that threatened to undermine it. In the wake of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s fatal stroke, Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert became acting prime minister who would lead Sharon’s new Kadima Party to the elections. Shortly after the elections, the nation found itself facing aggression on its northern and southern frontiers, which the Olmert government attempted to address in a massive operation known as the Second Lebanon War. Olmert had sought “to change the equation,” by attempting to force Hezbollah out of southern Lebanon and achieve long-term calm on Israel’s northern border. Another goal was the release of the captured soldiers. The war ended with considerable losses on the Israeli side, and public outrage prompted the cabinet to establish the Winograd Commission to inquire into the conduct of the Second Lebanon War.

Keywords:   Ehud Olmert, Second Lebanon War, Winograd Commission, Hezbollah, Hamas, Kadima, military operations, Amir Peretz, Ehud Barak, Dan Halutz

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