Se­cret doc re­veals Is­raeli mil­i­tary un­pre­pared for war

Tehran Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A “se­cret” dossier has re­vealed that the Is­raeli mil­i­tary is un­pre­pared to en­gage in new war­fare, con­tra­dict­ing pre­vi­ous as­ser­tions is­sued by Tel Aviv to the con­trary.

The doc­u­ment pre­pared by Ma­jor Gen­eral Yitzhak Brick, the om­buds­man of the Is­raeli mil­i­tary, harshly crit­i­cized the mil­i­tary’s readi­ness for war, the daily Ha’aretz re­ported on Fri­day.

He sent his as­sess­ment to Is­rael’s min­is­ter for mil­i­tary af­fairs Avig­dor Lieber­man and Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and oth­ers last week, call­ing for the for­ma­tion of an ex­ter­nal in­ves­tiga­tive panel into the forces’ pre­pared­ness.

Ha’aretz wrote that his de­mand for an in­quiry re­flected a deep con­cern over the state of the ground forces and a grow­ing lack of trust in the Is­raeli mil­i­tary’s abil­ity “to in­ves­ti­gate it­self and cor­rect what needs to be rec­ti­fied.”

Some Is­raeli law­mak­ers ex­pressed shock at the rev­e­la­tion and ex­pressed sup­port for Gen­eral Brick’s call for a probe into the pre­pared­ness of the Is­raeli mil­i­tary.

The dossier “is a harsh re­port that de­tails the prob­lems stem­ming from mas­sive cuts of thou­sands of of­fi­cers and non­com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers in re­cent years, whose short­com­ings are felt in deal­ing with rou­tine [op­er­a­tions] — and will be felt even more so dur­ing times of emer­gency,” Knes­set (uni­cam­eral na­tional leg­is­la­ture of Is­rael) mem­ber MK Moti Yo­gev said.

The dossier was pre­ceded by two de­tailed let­ters to Lieber­man as well as oth­ers in which Gen­eral Brick fo­cused mainly on the mil­i­tary’s man­power poli­cies, de­scrib­ing a se­ri­ous cri­sis that he said could have im­pli­ca­tions re­lat­ing to the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the en­tire Is­raeli forces — par­tic­u­larly the ground forces — to fight a war, Ha’aretz added.

In an an­nual re­port re­leased in late June, Gen­eral Brick had cau­tioned that the Is­raeli mil­i­tary suf­fered from an acute short­age of doc­tors and psy­chi­a­trists, as well as the neg­a­tive ef­fect of cost-cut­ting mea­sures.

The re­port had also found fault with the sta­tus of the forces’ train­ing, train­ing ex­er­cises, and the state of the weaponry used by the ground forces.

The as­sess­ment con­tra­dicts Eisenko who had as­serted in a let­ter ear­lier sent to the se­cu­rity cab­i­net and a Knes­set panel that Is­raeli forces were at a high level of readi­ness for war.

As the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the readi­ness of the Is­raeli mil­i­tary to go to war, he be­lieved that the Is­raeli forces were pre­pared and ready “for ev­ery mis­sion they were called upon,” Eisenko had claimed.

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