2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict

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The 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict was the result of the actions of the terrorist group Hezbollah. On 12 July, Hezbollah terrorists began to fire rockets indiscriminently at the town of Zarit, and at the same time crossed the border into Israeli territory, killing three Israeli soldiers and kidnapping two others[1]. A failed rescue attempt resulted in the deaths of five more Israeli troops. Shortly after, Israel began an ultimately unsuccesful aerial bombing campaign against Hezbollah. Israel then set up naval blockades, and launched a ground invasion of southern Lebanon.

Bad Media Coverage

The press coverage of the event in the West came under heavy criticism, as the liberal anti-Israel media intentionally gave favorable coverage to Hezbollah[2]. Many instantly claimed Israel was responsible for casualties before investigations revealed that they were not. The most famous incident of bad press coverage was the now fired Reuters journalist Adnan Hajj, who intentionally doctored his pictures of the events[3].

Impact on civillians

Israeli retaliation at the death of eight soldiers ultimately caused the deaths of up to 2,000 Lebanese citizens (this number is highly contested: many deaths appear to have been accidental recounts of the bodies, or the casualties of misfired Hezbollah rockets), the wounding of over 4,000, and the displacement of 200,000. Israeli civilian losses were at 43.

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The Economist magazine cover declaring Hezbollah the winner of the war, 19 August 2006.


  1. http://domino.un.org/unispal.NSF/fd807e46661e3689852570d00069e918/87e2508779d8ec83852571b6004c761f
  2. http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjVlMmRjNDllNzhkZmE1OWM3NmE1OGQ4OGQxMDA1YjQ=
  3. http://www.laweekly.com/news/news/reuters-image-problem/14170/