11   The Israel-Hezbollah War and the Winograd Committee1

Raphael Cohen-Almagor and Sharon Haleva-Amir

Introduction

On 12 July 2006, the Hezbollah terrorist organisation attacked two Israeli Defense Forces’ armored Hummer jeeps patrolling along the border with gunfire and explosives, in the midst of massive shelling attacks on Israel's north. Three soldiers were killed in the attack and two were taken hostage. Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said: ‘No military operation will return the Israeli captured soldiers.… The prisoners will not be returned except through one way: indirect negotiations and a trade of prisoners’ (Al Bawaba News 12 July 2006). Later that day, four Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers were killed when their tank ...

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