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War That Went Wrong:
Israel's Foray In Lebanon
Tuesday July 30 - Sunday, August 25
BY HIRSH GOODMAN
eration, supposed to have ended
four or five days before, still
seemed to be in full swing.
We were in Sidon atop an 11-
story unfinished building in the
center of the city. An Israeli
brigadier general, Yitzhak Mor-
dechai (later to be implicated in
the alleged murder of two ter-
rorists who hijacked a bus to
Gaza) was standing, binoculars to
his eyes, surveying the Ein Hilwe
refugee camp to the south-east.
Around him, staff officers
busied themselves with maps and
aerial photographs of the city
pinned on large wooden boards.
It was around mid-morning,
and Mordechai, the commander of
the forces that had taken the city,
faced a terrible dilemma. Several
hundred terrorists, in a desperate
It is senseless to
last stand, had rounded up an un-
belabor the tragedy of known
were holding them hostage in the
local hospital. To storm the hospi-
the Lebanon, war.
tal without first using either artil-
Israel cannot afford
lery or the air force would cost the
to turn a blind eye to lives of Israeli soldiers. To use
either the air force or artillery
what happened, lest
would cost civilian lives.
International attention had al-
it be allowed to
ready been focused on the hysteri-
cal but effective charges of mass
civilian casualties being caused
during the IDF's advance. But
there was also growing alarm in
freeing of 1,150 prisoners at the
Israel at the number of IDF
dictate of Ahmed Jibril, whose
casualties — over 250 killed and
"army" numbers less than 400
over 1,500 injured, many times
coincides almost exactly with the
the number the government had
final withdrawal of the IDF from
anticipated in its most pessimistic
Lebanon three years after it was
assessment of the human toll this
dispatched on the ultimate war
war would exact.
One of the staff officers, who
There is no Israeli puppet in Be-
had been quietly drawing a thick
irut, but a Syrian one. Anarchy
blue line around an aerial photo of
reigns, not stability. Secret Israeli
Ein Hilwe, isolating it from the
strategic answers to the Syrian
other sections of the town, sud-
missile threat were thrown away
denly put down his pen, looked
in a senseless battle that has left
over at the group of men making
the Syrians with three times as
decisions from their roof-top perch
many armed men on Lebanese
soil as they had before the war,
"This reminds me of the capture
and firmly in control of Beirut.
of the Warsaw Ghetto. We have
It is senseless to belabor the
isolated a section of this city be-
tragedy of this war, what it did to
cause of its ethnic composition,
the unity of this nation, and the
laid seige to it, and are now plan-
fibre of its army, what it cost in
ning to reduce it to rubble. Only
human and economic terms.
we aren't Germans and we aren't
Whatever benefit was gained,
Syrians. We aren't built for this
the price was too high. The rout-
type of war."
ing of the PLO in the South was
A similar sentiment was ex-
offset by the toll exacted by the
pressed by another officer 10 days
Shi'ite terror that replaced it.
later at a different roof-top perch,
Whatever political gain may
this one on top of the French col-
have been extracted by the split
lege in the hills overlooking Be-
that developed in the PLO in the
irut from the east. In the corn-
opening stages of the war was ne-
mand post were a group of
gated by the phenomenon of
exhausted and frustrated gener-
Shi'ite terror in the South that ul-
als who had reached the end of
timately forced the humilitating
C.) retreat of the IDF from Lebanon.
Some 10,000 terrorists and Sy-
What the combined Arab armies
rians remained entrenched in the
had not managed to do in five
Lebanese capital. They were com-
wars with superpower support,
fortably protected by a human
the Shi'ites of Southern Lebanon
shield of over 400,000 Moslems
achieved in a matter of months.
and Christians, who refused to
The feelings that something
leave their homes no matter how
had gone very wrong with this
many leaflets the IDF dropped
war developed almost impercep-
advising them to do so, no matter
tibly. Perhaps the first doubt
how tight the siege that included
crept in one morning when the op-
cutting off water, electricity and
"No matter what option we
Hirsh Goodman is the defense
choose, we lose," a senior officer
correspondent for the Jerusalem
said. "We should never have got
Post, from which this piece is
Continued on Page 21
Jerusalem — It is by now a
truism that three years ago Israel
embarked on one of the most un-
fortunate adventures in the coun-
try's history. The recriminations
over this war have slowly but
surely penetrated the minds of
almost all this country's citizens
regardless of political persuasion.
Even the most ardent suppor-
ters of the war, those who shared
the hope that it was possible to
place a controversial minority
leader on Lebanon's troubled seat
of government, and keep him
there by force of the bayonet, are
It is ironic that last month's ul-
timate surrender to terror — the
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