The Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 was intended to locate and expel the PLO. The invasion changed the intensity of conflict, argument and distress between Jews and Arabs in the region. Whilst the PLO were now fast becoming a more credible negotiating partner, the massacre of innocents in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982 by Christian Phalangists altered the feeling and trust between the two sides in the search for a peace protocol. There were angry scenes in the Knesset, Israel's parliament and Sharon was forced to explain his actions to a packed Knesset. Expert commentary is provided by Amram Mitzna, Yezid Sayigh and journalist Robert Fisk.

First broadcast:
29 January 2004

Students may benefit from listening closely to what's said by the expert commentators with consideration as to what evidence there is to support their argument. Who has the strongest argument? Are students able to find any more evidence to support each of the commentators?