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Israel seeks name for Lebanon war
Defence minister asks aides for suitable name for last summer's war in Lebanon.
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2007 12:29 GMT
Israeli military and political leaders have been criticised by the public and reservists [AP] 

Israel's defence minister has ordered aides to find a suitable name for last year's war in Lebanon, widely perceived as a failure by the Israeli public.

 

Amir Peretz, who has been called on to resign over the military operation against Lebanese H

The Israeli army initially called its 34-day campaign in Lebanon Operation Just Reward, before renaming it Operation Change of Direction.

 

Yaacov Ederi, a cabinet minister who chairs a committee responsible for official ceremonies, told army radio that he was also on the hunt for a name.

He said a committee was due to meet on Monday, and that he had "been working on [the issue] for 10 days at the request of the bereaved families".

"Defence officials can bring their suggestions to the committee on Monday," he said, denying there was any competition between rival departments and preferring talk of a "military operation" rather than war.

 

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and Hezbollah fought each other between July 12 and August 14 after Islamic Resistance soldiers from the Shia organisation captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid.

 

Israeli media called the conflict the Second Lebanon War, following Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, which was dubbed Operation Peace in Galilee.

 

Israel has commissioned multiple investigations into the widely perceived failures of the conflict, most notably a government commission, in a bid to appease public criticism and protests from thousands of army reservists.

 

Members of the public have urged Peretz and Ehud Olmert, Israel's prime minister, to step down over the war.

 

Dan Halutz, the military's chief of staff, has so far been the only senior leader to resign as a result of the conflict.

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