Just before dawn on 11 April 1996, Israel suddenly launched Operation Grapes of Wrath against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. Its stated aim was to protect Israeli citizens in northern Israel against Katyusha rocket attacks, and to curb Hezbollah’s operations in the Israeli-declared Security Zone in southern Lebanon. Israel believed that President Assad of Syria was sanctioning increased Hezbollah activity to influence the Israeli—Syrian peace negotiations, which had been suspended until after the Israeli elections in May. Although a response to provocation, it was a disaster waiting to happen.
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