Discussion of Israel's "end of democracy" debate


February 24, 2023

On June 1, 1982, Israel undertook Operation Peace for Galilee, the second of its Lebanon invasions. Its goal was the elimination of Yasser Arafat and the PLO. Ultimately, public pressure and the Reagan administration’s US Special Envoy Philip Habib, enabled the PLO to survive and relocate to Tripoli.  US press and TV news were fostering stories of Israel’s inhumane targeting of schools, hospitals, and indiscriminate bombing of civilian population.  The press distortions were undermining US public support, as well as that of the American Jewish community, for Israel’s military action...

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