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Israel named last year’s Lebanon war.

The Olmert government’s Ceremonies and Protocol Committee this week chose to call the July-August conflict against Hezbollah the “Second Lebanon War”, in reference to Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon. The new name is up for Cabinet ratification on Sunday.

The decision came following pressure by Israelis bereaved during the 34 days of fighting, who had feared that the government might try to play down the war’s failings by choosing a less formal designation for it.

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