Fear of war among Is­raeli army

Tehran Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Farzad Farhadi

TEHRAN — The Zion­ists are very wor­ried about the sit­u­a­tion of their in­ter­nal front. How­ever, they have tried to prac­tice mil­i­tary ma­neu­ver in case of pos­si­ble war with Hezbol­lah, and they have a huge bud­get of 30 bil­lion shekels for its mil­i­tary to pro­tect its in­ter­nal front from mis­sile at­tacks from Gaza or by Hezbol­lah.

Ac­cord­ing to Amos Gi­lad, for­mer head of the De­fense Min­istry’s diplo­matic-se­cu­rity, the Is­raeli mil­i­tary’s re­port on fu­ture war sce­nar­ios in­clude the de­ploy­ment of hun­dreds of thou­sands of Is­raelis to cope with hun­dreds of mis­siles.

Gi­lad has warned about war and the threats and said the mis­siles in the north have tar­geted Is­rael, in­clud­ing Tel Aviv, and this re­quires that the army and se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions be fully pre­pared.

The Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties will do their best to as­sure vic­tory in any up­com­ing war with Hezbol­lah, but ac­cord­ing to Zion­ist me­dia out­lets, Is­raelis do not com­pletely trust their de­fense sys­tems.

The Merkava tank, spo­ken of by the Zion­ists glow­ingly, was not par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive dur­ing the pre­vi­ous war. Af­ter the war, Zion­ist com­man­ders were forced to beef up their ar­mored units.

Mean­while, in re­cent re­ports from the Zion­ist me­dia, the num­ber of troops par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Is­raeli regime’s psy­chother­apy ses­sions is in­creas­ing. The Zion­ist troops are afraid of war mis­sions which are a night­mare for them. Some soldiers also run away from mil­i­tary ser­vice.

Ray al-Youm news­pa­per point­ing to the weak­ness of the Zion­ist Army’s armed forces: “Since 1948, the army of the oc­cu­pa­tion regime has re­lied much on the air force in the wars with the Arab armies and in the war of 1967 the bat­tle was won the oc­cu­pa­tion regime within six days. Tel Aviv’s lead­ers seem to have re­lied on for­mer Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Yitzhak Shamir’s words when he said the sea is the same sea, and the Arabs are the same Arabs, but the IDF has not moved to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of ground forces to cope with new chal­lenges. In par­tic­u­lar, Arab move­ments and mil­i­tary groups have emerged that have pre­sented real chal­lenges to the Zion­ists.

This me­dia writes: in the mil­i­tary, the air force alone can­not de­ter­mine the fate of war with groups that are wag­ing a guer­rilla war. This brought Is­rael into a state of psy­cho­log­i­cal shock or fear of land war­fare against its en­e­mies given ma­te­rial and hu­man losses.

In Amos Harel’s opin­ion as one of Is­rael’s lead­ing me­dia ex­perts on mil­i­tary and de­fense is­sues writ­ing in Haaretz, the Is­raeli ground forces still suf­fer from ma­jor prob­lems that make ground war­fare a night­mare for the Zion­ists.

Ray al-Youm added: this Is­raeli an­a­lyst says the Is­raeli army failed to de­feat Ha­mas en­tirely. The Is­raeli Air Force did not have any de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on Ha­mas ob­jec­tives, and the level of pre­pared­ness of the units to carry out the mis­sion to solve the prob­lem of tun­nels was weak. The Is­raeli forces suf­fered a lack of ini­tia­tive and strate­gic think­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the Zion­ist an­a­lyst, the Is­rael army’s prob­lem is not in its com­mand but in a pro­fes­sional cri­sis within the ground forces. Gadi Eizenkot, the Chief of Gen­eral Staff of the Is­rael De­fense Forces has found that the army has not been well fo­cused on its ba­sic mis­sions.

Af­ter the de­feat in Le­banon and the dis­ap­point­ing mil­i­tary per­for­mance, the Is­raeli army made ex­ten­sive re­forms, but the changes were not suf­fi­ciently deep, and the ground forces were still not that pre­pared. Po­lit­i­cal cir­cles were skep­ti­cal of ma­neu­ver­ing ground forces into the en­emy’s lands dur­ing the war. This was the case in the three wars that the Is­raeli army launched in Gaza: the Cast Lead 2008, whose main ob­jec­tive was to prove to the en­emy and the Is­raelis that the army had gained its fi­delity, the Pil­lar of Cloud 2012, dur­ing which a lot of forces were sum­moned, and Solid Rock 2014 war that did not go be­yond the tun­nels 1.5 kilo­me­ters deep in the Gaza Strip. Ob­jec­tives were not suf­fi­ciently met in th­ese wars but Gaza was none­the­less dev­as­tated.

It is ob­vi­ous that Zion­ist troops are afraid of war and this has be­come a chal­lenge for the Zion­ist regime. In spite of the pro­pa­ganda about equip­ping the ground forces with new weapons, the re­al­ity is that the regime’s ground forces are still in­ef­fec­tive. De­spite mas­sive ma­neu­vers and mil­i­tary ex­er­cises by the regime aimed at over­com­ing the many prob­lems, they still are prov­ing dif­fi­cult ob­sta­cles.

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