Echoes of Beirut 1983 in Israel today

Echoes of Beirut 1983 in Israel today


Monday is the 40th anniversary of the worst day of Ronald Reagan, when Islamist terrorists used truck bombs to kill 307 people, including 241 Americans, at the Marine barracks in Beirut. Echoes of that attack can be heard in the debate over how Israel should respond to the Oct. 7 massacre of some 1,400 innocent people on its soil, including at least 31 Americans.

A group called Islamic Jihad, the predecessor of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah militia, claimed responsibility for the attack. Many U.S. officials believe Iran was behind the suicide bombings, although the Reagan administration never assigned specific blame. He also did not respond militarily and Reagan withdrew American soldiers from Beirut.

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