Dangerous and demoralizing days for Israeli forces in Lebanon
"It is hostile country, and death lurks in every corner and behind every door. You can see the hatred. You can feel it."
An Israeli officer in Lebanon
It was a bright and seemingly placid Sunday morning. A two-vehicle Israeli patrol was traveling along a winding road in the barren foothills of the Chouf mountains southeast of Beirut. As the troops rounded a sharp curve, they passed a white Mercedes parked by the side of the road. Suddenly four men in the car jumped out and sprayed the patrol with automatic-weapons fire. Two of the...