The border abduction of two Israeli soldiers on the morning of July 12, 2006 set in motion what would eventually become known as the Second Lebanon War. After 34 days and more than 5,000 casualties - including those injured - a ceasefire was signed, and the geopolitics of the region were changed immeasurably. A #1 bestseller in Israel for months, 34 Days brilliantly reconstructs the progression of the war, from the soldiers' abduction through the hasty Israeli decision for an agressive response; the fateful discussions within the Cabinet and among senior Israeli command; and the heavy fighting in south Lebanon. It also delves into the raging diplomatic battles that took place in Paris, Washington, and New York, which would eventually end the war.
AMOS HAREL is the Ha'aretz newspaper's military correspondent. AVI ISSACHAROFF is the newspaper's Arab affairs correspondent. They collaborated previously on The Seventh War: The Real Story of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, a bestseller in Israel and France, and winner of the prestigious Tshetshik Prize from The Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University as the best military study in Israel in 2005. They live in Tel Aviv.