The 1967 war as point of departure for the 1982 war in Lebanon: an uncommon interpretation

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Israel’s 1982 war in Lebanon is one of the most controversial events in its history. It is considered the war of Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his defense minister, Ariel Sharon, and hence a war of choice. One of the historical questions concerning that war revolves around its origins. The widespread assumption is that the roots can be found in 1981, the year in which Israel was on the verge of war with both Syria and the PLO. However, this article claims that the 1967 Six-Day War was the point of departure to the 1982 Lebanon War when the PLO settled in Lebanon. The issue of the origins of the 1982 war is not an exclusively historiographic matter. It has broader implications concerning the nature of the war. If the roots of the conflict can be found in 1967, then the war was a result of a prolonged process. Indeed, Israel started the war, but it was only after other options that it exercised had failed. Hence, it was not at all a war of choice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-371
Number of pages15
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 16 Oct 2020


  • Fatah-Land
  • Lebanon
  • PLO
  • Peace for Galilee War


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