Despite the bitter conflict that divided Jerusalem and Damascus, a fascinating process of indirect – through the United States – and tacit understandings emerged with regard to Lebanon in the 1970s. This derived largely from the Israeli deterrence posture which held in check Syrian military involvement in Lebanon. This book, first published in 1987, traces the development of the Israeli and Syrian involvement in Lebanon between 1975 and 1985, and of the deterrence dialogue which evolved between them. It also places this dialogue within the larger context of the overall Israeli-Syrian deterrence equation. War and Intervention in Lebanon is a fascinating and relevant work, of great value to those with an interest in International Relations and Middle Eastern history, politics and diplomacy.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; 1. The Lebanese Civil War 1975 – 76: A Brief Account 2. Syria and Israel in Lebanon: Interests, Policies and Deterrence Dialogue 3. From War to Crisis: Israel and Syria in Lebanon 1977 – 81 4. The 1982 War 5. The Outcome of the War: A Reversal in the Israeli-Syrian Power Equation in Lebanon 6. The Israeli-Syrian Deterrence Equation; Sources; Index