Gentle and Loving but Still a Settler

By Jeremy Salt


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Last week a car drew up alongside Dvir Sorek outside the West Bank settlement of Migdal Oz. Dvir was on his back from Jerusalem where he had bought a book, a novel by David Grossman, as a gift for his teacher. He was almost home when a man jumped out of the car and stabbed him to death.

David Grossman did not know him but did not hesitate to add to the eulogies: the young man was clearly “a kind, sensitive youth who loved others and loved peace with the soul of an artist.” Netanyahu declared that the murderers would soon be found. Soldiers swooped on the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Fajjar, raiding houses and confiscating security camera footage. Later four Palestinians were arrested in another village.

Grossman’s son was killed during the invasion of Lebanon in 2006, and Sorek’s grandfather on his mother’s side, a rabbi, also a settler of occupied land, killed in an attack near Nablus in 2000.   These other deaths made the killing of Dvir Sorek seem even more poignant.   “Death as a way of life,” declared the Times of Israel, blaming Hamas for the attack, even though the identity and possible ideological affiliations of the attacker/s were not known, as if the death of others was not a way of life for the state of Israel.

The media described Sorek as a student at a yeshiva, or religious school, in his case the hesder (‘arrangement’) yeshiva at Migdal Oz. The programs in the hesder schools blend advanced religious instruction with military service. Government funding makes an application to be listed as a hesder yeshiva an attractive option. Not all courses are of the same duration. They may last for three, four or even five years, with the active military service component varying from about 17 months to two years. Almost all hesder yeshiva students join combat units.

Officially, the peace-loving Dvir Sorek was an IDF soldier even though he had not yet begun the military component of his   course. No doubt this is the reason he was not armed when he was attacked.

In the West Bank yeshiva students, or former yeshiva students, especially those who fall under the heading of the ‘hilltop youth,’ are in the forefront of anti-Palestinian violence, from beating and occasionally killing to attacks on mosques, the destruction of olive trees and crops and the harassment, intimidation and abuse of the general population in general, women and children included. Their hatreds extend to all non-Jews and even ‘Hellenized’ or secular Jews, including those representing the state, including the soldiers who protect them. One has to wonder where this comes from if not religious instruction at the hands of their rabbis.

The history of the hesder schools go back to the 1960s. More recently, the lack of enthusiasm for war among Israel’s secularized youth, especially wars fought on the other side of what they regarded as Israel’s borders, has increased the appeal of religiously indoctrinated hesder zealots to the military command.

For secular Israeli Jews the enemies are Hamas, Hizbullah, Syria and behind them, Iran, but for orthodox religious Jews, the enemy is Amalek, existential, taking different shapes and different forms at different stages of history but always there.

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The injunction to destroy the tribe of Amalek is laid down in several passages of the Bible. According to Deuteronomy: “The Lord said to Moses ‘Write this down in a book to be remembered and tell it to Joshua: (God) will completely blot out any memory of Amalek … Remember what Amalek did to you on the road as you were coming out of Egypt, how he met you on the road, attacked those in the rear, those who were exhausted and straggling behind when you were tired and weary. He did not fear God. Therefore, when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your surrounding enemies in the land the Lord your God is giving you as your inheritance to possess you (Israelites) are to blot out all memory of Amalek from under heaven. Don’t forget!’ (Deuteronomy 25/17-19).

The message to the first king of Israel and Judah, Saul, from the prophet Samuel is even more forceful: “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them: put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ (Samuel 1:15.3). Saul went to war against the Amalekites but did not kill them all, allowing their king to live and preserving the best of the livestock.

Learning of this, Samuel tells him he has been rejected by God and will lose his kingdom. He then kills the Amalekite himself. Saul lives until defeated by the Philistines in the battle of Gilboa, after which he either commits suicide or is killed by an Amalekite, according to differing Bible accounts but his death is seen as the consequence of having disobeyed God’s injunction to kill all the Amalekites.

All of this might have happened thousands of years ago – or did not happen as described – but it remains as fresh as yesterday in the thinking of orthodox religious scholars. In the modern age these injunctions are subject to numerous interpretations, partly based on what ‘blotting out’ could mean. Maimonides (12th-13th century) explains the commandment as meaning that if the Amalekites accepted Jewish law and agreed to pay a tax there would no need to kill them. There are numerous variations on the theme that ‘blotting out’ did not mean physical annihilation.

Steven Leonard Jacobs points out that the overwhelming majority of the world’s Jewish population does not draw such deadly conclusions, “much less the implication that they [the Palestinians] must be genocidally destroyed.” While those who do take the Biblical injunctions literally “are in the minority … they do exist and [they] present an ongoing challenge to how one reads history and sacred texts.” They keep the door open to violence: however wrongly understood, “there is an understanding that the enemies of the Jewish people are the literal and lineal descendants of the past.”

These genocidal invocations – as they would be regarded now – are read in synagogues at certain times of the year (during the ‘reading cycle’) and are emphasized again during the festival of Purim, celebrating the delivery of the Jews from Haman, the high Persian court official who planned to kill them all.

For the most extreme Jewish settlers, Amalek is still out there, waiting. According to Benzi Lieberman, former head of the Yesha settler council, “The Palestinians are Amalek … we will destroy them. We won’t kill them but we will destroy their ability to think as a nation. We will destroy Palestinian nationalism.”

However, Amalek is frequently invoked in the political mainstream, which has steadily shifted further to the right since the election of Menahim Begin in 1977 and now includes those once regarded as extremists if not outright fanatics. In the 1950s David Ben-Gurion referred to “the hosts of Amalek from north, east and south.” Begin opposed reparations from Germany, which he regarded as Amalek. During the siege of Beirut in 1982 he described PLO leader Yasser Arafat as Hitler hiding in his bunker, thus another manifestation of Amalek. Speaking in Cracow in 2010, without naming names but clearly thinking of Iran, Netanyahu said “A new Amalek is appearing and once again threatens to annihilate the Jews.” According to the ‘libertarian’ Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin “the Arabs engage in typical Amalek behaviour … I can’t prove this genetically but this is the behaviour of Amalek.”

Throughout history, while identifying Amalek as the existential enemy, Jews never had the power to destroy Amalek but now they do, in a state of their own that has an arsenal of nuclear weapons. According to Steven Jacobs “the propensity of rightwing settlers to identify the Palestinians with the Amalekites has sometimes had deadly consequences” The commandment to exterminate the Amalekites has been preserved by the rabbis “and for that reason, it remains a potential source of conflict.” Needless to say, Mr Jacobs does not regard the Palestinians as Amalekites.

Dvir Sorek was 18 and only a few days short of his 19th birthday when he was killed. He had not begun the military component of his course but in his religious studies he would have had to consider the injunctions to ‘blot out’ the Amalekites. What impact this would have had on his development as a soldier no-one can say.

In the eulogies Dvir was described as a gentle soul, as innocent and full of love for family and friends, all of which he probably was, but he was also living in occupied territory. Ofra, the settlement in which he lived, is illegal even under Israeli law because it was largely built on privately owned Palestinian land.

While a Palestinian drove in the knife, who must take ultimate responsibility for his death, if not the state which seized the land and the settler-colonists who have moved there, including Dvir’s parents? They may have shared the belief that the land was God’s selective gift to the Jewish people; they may have decided to live there because of subsidised housing and tax breaks but whatever their motives, they were living on the West Bank in breach of international law and they would have known it.

The UN General Assembly has passed numerous resolutions affirming the right to resist colonial domination and occupation by all means. It is only putting into print what has been human practice since the beginning of time. An occupied people will resist with all the means at their disposal. In the 1950s the white settlers of Kenya no doubt included loving gentle souls, but they were killed just as ruthlessly as anyone else by the Mau Mau. In the last stages of the Algerian war of independence (1964-62), the FLN (National Liberation Front) slaughtered many French settlers, including women and children innocent of any crime but part of a white settler community which had established itself through violence, collective punishment, the expropriation of land and the ‘purchase’ of land on the basis of forged or spurious documents. Needless, these are the precise tactics used by the Zionists in their occupation of Palestine.

For those whose land is being occupied, it is immaterial whether the colonial settler is a gentle soul or a ranting religious bigot or a family looking for subsidised housing and tax breaks. The settler is always the settler, the usurper of someone else’s lands and rights, to be resisted as long as possible.

It was the Zionists who began the cycle of violence in Palestine and logic demands that they must take the first steps to end it but for the Israeli government, logic is the logic of force and not the logic of justice, law, ethics and morality. The wrong, fateful, irreversible decisions Israel has made will mark its history forever: occupation instead of withdrawal, injustice instead of justice, war instead of peace, including more war, inevitably, beyond the borders of Palestine.

Israel has never had such a degree of military, economic and political support from its great benefactor, the US. Drugged with the sense of its own power it builds even more settlements as it moves steadily towards annexation, thereby guaranteeing that there will be more Dvir Soreks, and far more Palestinian men, women and children killed in the struggle against occupation. Israel is dragging itself and the region into a future even darker than the past.


Settlers attack Palestinians across the West Bank after Israeli soldier death — International Solidarity Movement

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August 9 | International Solidarity Movement | West Bank, occupied Palestine Israeli settlers launched a series of violent attacks against Palestinians across the West Bank last night, smashing car windows and assaulting an elderly man. Attacks took place simultaneously in multiple locations between 22:00 and 24:00 on the night of August 8, near the illegal…

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This Is How Hezbollah Shot Down «Israel’s» Yas’ur Chopper!

By Samer Hajj Ali – Beirut

A few years have passed since the Second Lebanon War ended. And now a field officer with the Islamic Resistance, named Mahdi, takes us back to those days. He along with his comrades carried out a heroic operation in the Maryamin Valley in Yater, when “Israeli” soldiers tried to advance and capture the town along with the surrounding hills. This is a highly strategic area and would have given the “Israelis” a vantage point over much of the southern coastline.

In the final days of the aggression, the enemy’s leadership launched a ground operation in a last-ditch effort to reach the Litani River. The maneuver followed a series of extensive failures to achieve any of their stated objectives in the war and repeated troop deployments into battle.

The enemy charted a course for their advance and planned to infiltrate the towns of Kafra and Yater. But it failed to reach these two towns after blows it was dealt in the Wadi al-Uyun area when it attempted to infiltrate the resistance lines to reach Srobbine and Beit Leif. It decided to reach them via the air through landings in large transport helicopters, thinking that the air would be safe.

Hajj Mahdi remembers the roar of the planes on the last Saturday of the aggression.

“We were deploying in the region as we knew that the enemy might resort to a new option in the confrontation, especially after failing to infiltrate the border in previous times, and after the defeats it suffered in Khyam and Wadi al-Hujayr,” Hajj Mahdi said.

The enemy violently shelled Yater on Saturday, August 12, and targeted a number of hills overlooking a geographical spot that the resistance perceived as a possible area for an airborne landing. The helicopters started landing soldiers on the site. The Chinook, or what the enemy called the Yas’ur was participating in the operation over the Maryamin Hill. A Mujahid from the air defense of the Islamic Resistance targeted it with a new missile the resistance called Waad [Promise]. The missile delivered a direct hit, causing the target to ignite, sending debris scattering through the sky. Then it fell to the ground with everyone on board.

Following the strike, terror spread within the ranks of the soldiers. Their leadership halted their operations, which had already taken effect. The leadership knew that the resistance was onto their plan.

“We were positioned at the site of the crash and the resistance groups peppered the area with a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades and artillery. Fierce clashes with the Zionist soldiers who were on the ground ensued. Four hours after the operation, those soldiers attempted to pull the corpses and body parts of those on board, but to no avail,” Mahdi adds.

The enemy was concerned with pulling out the remains of their soldiers and evacuating the area where they had tasted hell thanks the resistance fighters. Thus, the enemy stopped the attack towards Yatar and its surroundings. With the end of the war on August 14, the Resistance gave the enemy 48 hours to retrieve the remains of their dead from the scene as well as other points where “Israeli” soldiers had been killed. As the deadline expired, the resistance fighters headed back to the crash site.

“I counted the place of 15 “Israeli” bodies in the vicinity of the wreckage. The body parts of one of the soldiers were still on one of the seats. It was also clear from the movement of some insects that there were body parts that the enemy deliberately buried in the soil. We extracted them and collected the equipment they left behind. Among the things we found was a military card of a Zionist soldier named Rose Abraham Mashih,” Hajj Mahdi says.

However, a quick search through the names of the dead the enemy admitted to, shows no Rose. Thus, this posed several questions.

“Is the name on the card a fictitious name and comes in the context of a precautionary measure adopted by the enemy so as not to reveal the true identity of its soldiers if captured or killed? Or did the enemy conceal the extent of its losses in that operation and did not give a real death toll, including Rose Mashih? Or did the body of Rose scatter when the missile struck the helicopter and the enemy did not find the truth about her fate until this day and did not announce her death because it did not attain her body?” Mahdi wonders.

“The last time we collected their body parts with burlap bags and sent them. But next time the enemy thinks of launching a war, the bags will not be enough,” Mahdi says as he returned the card to the same place he found it 13 years ago.

With a quick smile he continues, “The enemy did not have any superiority in the July 2006 aggression. It was characterized by failure and disappointment. How I wish they have continued the war and not stop it when the Maryamin aircraft was shot down.”

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Israeli military analysts admits: “Israel Can’t Win the Next War.”

June 03, 2019  /  Gilad Atzmon

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by Gilad Atzmon

Ynet’s headline yesterday acknowledged what has been obvious to many Middle East commentators: Israel can’t win the next war. The most respected Israeli military correspondent Ron Ben Yishai’s headline reads as follows: “Why won’t we win the next war?” Though most of Ben Yishai’s Hebrew articles are reprinted in Ynet’s English edition, this article is yet to be translated and for obvious reasons. It is probably too upsetting for Diaspora Jews.

Ben Yishai’s rationale is clear and sound: Israel can’t deal with military casualties. Israeli security matters have been politicised. Field commanders are regularly subject to legal proceedings that lead to heavy penalties including suspensions. Consequently, many of them have lost their motivation. Israeli society is too sensitive to kidnappings and hijackings and finally, parents are too involved in IDF matters.

Ben Yishai concludes that Israel is too weak “whether it is a war against Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria or all of them, we will not win!”

Ben Yishai is honest enough to admit publicly that Israel’s enemies understand the psychological, spiritual, cultural and political fabric of Israeli society. They are aware of Israel’s weaknesses and the IDF’s paralysis and they act upon these. According to Ben Yishai, the Shiite axis, Hamas and the Salafi-Jihadists all understood that they “could not destroy Israel with one or two violent military moves, therefore they went on to wage a war of strategic attrition against us.” Any violent round or war whose results are inconclusive in favour of Israel, Ben Yishai says, are going to be seen as another nail in the Zionist’s coffin.

“They see the public hysteria over losses on our side. They notice the media frenzy that weakens the confidence of Israeli citizens, they see the national probing committees punishing Israeli commanders after each round of violence which leads to mistrust in the political class and its decision-making process.” Ben Yishai points out that Israel’s enemies seem to believe that when “Iran achieves a credible capability to threaten Israel with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles,”  the Israeli society will collapse into itself. The Jews who seek a better life and are ‘spoiled enough’ to act upon it will be scattered over the world to look for a quieter and safer place under the sun.

None of these observations are new to me. Already in the 1980s, in the wake of the first Intifada, I heard Israeli generals admitting in the open that ‘for the Palestinians to win all they need is to survive.’ Palestinian analysts have been commenting for years that ‘Israel may have many lethal bombs but the Palestinians have one bomb, the demographic bomb.’ I have repeatedly argued in my writings that Israel hasn’t won a single war since 1967. Even when it won on the battlefield (like in 1973), it failed to achieve its military objectives. Bizarrely enough, Israel’s greatest military victory in 1967 inflicted on the country some political, strategic and demographic problems that have made the future survival of the Jewish State in its current form an unrealistic scenario. Like Ron Ben Yishai (yet way ahead of him), I have been arguing that Israel lives on borrowed time.

But Israel and the IDF are not alone. The American, British and French armies, alongside NATO in general, are also incapable of winning wars. The Soviet army was literally defeated in Afghanistan for the same reasons. Modern armies do not win wars, they are good in spreading collateral damage. It may even be possible that modern armies are not supposed to win wars. Their real task is to sustain the military-industrial complex by means of constant conflict.

A clash with Hamas, for instance, leads to a growing demand for the Israeli Iron Dome. Britain, America and France launch one criminal war after the other, they never win but they clearly sustain the production of killing machines.  Russia actually won a war recently together with Iran. This translated immediately into weapon-buying.

But it goes further. Western armies are set to follow military objectives that are defined by democratically elected governments. In the post-political era, the entire political class is disturbingly dysfunctional and totally unique in its inability to produce educated decisions, let alone set military objectives.

President Trump’s belligerent rants against Syria, Iran and North Korea are perfect examples of the above. Trump threatens to launch wars as often as he changes his socks, but he never provides his generals with an adequate set of objectives.  Obama,  Cameron and Sarkozy weren’t any better. They didn’t manage to set the objectives for Libya’s invasion or any other criminal Neocon conflict they launched.

Interestingly enough, I allow myself to suggest that one of the only state leaders who is fully aware of the inability of modern armies to win wars is Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli PM is aware of the fact that his army is weak and the Israelis are even weaker. Unlike his predecessors, Netanyahu actually tries to avoid large-scale conflicts with Gaza, Syria or Hezbollah as much as he can. Netanyahu is not a ‘lover of peace’ or a ‘humanist.’ He is happy to deploy snipers against civilians and ‘lets them’ shoot kids  who get too close to the border. Netanyahu sends drones to attack Iranian targets in Syria .  But he is very careful not to pull the region into a total war. Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t really need Ron Ben Yishai, he gathered many years ago that the IDF and Israeli society can’t win wars. He is buying time instead.

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Israel Terror-Bombs Syria With Impunity

By Stephen Lendman

Israel partners with all US wars of aggression, notably against Syria, ruling regimes of both countries waging war on the country without declaring it.

What’s been ongoing since March 2011 is all about seeking regime change, wanting Syria colonized and exploited, Iran isolated, the same objective in play against its government — part of the US/NATO/Israeli aim for regional hegemony, the rule of law ignored, the human toll of no consequence.

Russian good faith efforts since 2012 for peace through Geneva, Astana, and Sochi talks failed because the US, Israel, and their imperial partners reject diplomatic conflict resolution. 

It’s why US-led forever wars rage in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, and elsewhere, no end of them in prospect.

Israel has been terror-bombing Syrian targets on the phony pretext of countering nonexistent Iranian and Hezbollah threats throughout much of the war.

The only threats the US, NATO, and Israel face are invented ones. Real ones don’t exist so they’re invented to unjustifiably justify naked aggression on nations and groups threatening no one.

Israel admitted launching hundreds of preemptive strikes on Syrian targets. Former IDF chief General Gadi Eisenhkot earlier said “(w)e struck thousands of targets (in Syria) without claiming responsibility or asking for credit.”

In response to two reported rockets from Syria striking illegally occupied Golan, falling harmlessly, Israeli warplanes terror-bombed Syrian targets pre-dawn Sunday.

Throughout the war, no evidence suggests Syrian forces ever targeted Israeli territory. Clearly they’d be nothing to gain and everything to lose.

Attacking Israel would escalate war Damascus is winning and wants ended. Clearly its forces had nothing to do with striking occupied Golan on June 1.

Most likely, US/Israeli supported terrorists were to blame for the incident, giving the Netanyahu regime a pretext for a terror-bombing attack even though it needs none to do whatever it pleases — with full US support and encouragement, with the UN and world community failing to hold it accountable.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), on Sunday, “Syrian air defenses have confronted an Israeli attack targeted (on) sites in southwestern Damascus and Quneitra, a military source said,” adding:

“The aggression resulted in the martyrdom of three soldiers and the injury of seven others.” Reportedly most Israeli missiles were downed, some striking intended targets.

An IDF statement said Israeli warplanes and attack helicopters struck Syrian air defense, artillery positions, and “a number of observation and intelligence posts on the Golan Heights front.”

According to Israeli military-connected DEBKAfile, Israeli warplanes “struck Iranian-Hizballah concentrations (sic) near Damascus.

DF admitted that no combat operations were ongoing in the area from which rockets were launched at Golan, suggesting it was false flag attack, perhaps jointly US/Israeli planned to wrongfully blame Syrian forces.

The IDF claim about Syria attacking Israeli military targets is belied by no injuries or damage reported, two reported rockets falling harmlessly, likely in open areas.

If Syrian forces wanted to strike Israeli positions, why were only two rockets involved, why not multiple missiles able to hit targeted sites accurately.

The claim about a Syrian attack is clearly phony. The same goes for falsely blaming Damascus for CW incidents. No evidence throughout the war suggests its forces ever used these banned weapons.

Indisputable evidence proved US supported terrorists used them numerous times, nearly always falsely blamed on Damascus for what it had nothing to do with.

War launched by Obama, escalated by Trump, rages in its ninth year with no near-term prospect for resolution because Washington rejects it.

On May 20, nearly 400 bipartisan House and Senate members called on Trump to “(i)ncrease pressure on Iran and Russia with respect to activities in Syria…to counter Iran’s support for Hezbollah as well as Russia’s support for…Assad…”

They urged tougher (illegal) sanctions and other (hostile) actions on these countries and Hezbollah, claiming nonexistent threats.

They want endless war continued, not ended. So do Trump regime hardliners.

US aggression in Syria follows the same pattern as Afghanistan and Yemen, both wars ongoing since October 2001 — raging endlessly with no prospect for resolution any time soon.

سقوط «العقيدة العسكرية الإسرائيلية» بعد سقوط الردع الأميركي…!

مايو 28, 2019

محمد صادق الحسيني

بعد إعلان مستشار قائد الحرس الثوري الإيراني مرتضى قرباني: «انّ بوسع إيران أن تلقي بسفن أميركا الحربية إلى قاع البحر بطواقمها وطائراتها من خلال سلاحَيْن سريّيْن جديدين تمّ إنتاجهما… لو ارتكبت الإدارة الأميركية أيّ حماقة ضدّنا».

ولما كانت المعلومات المؤكدة لدينا بأنّ إيران تملك سلاحاً علمياً يعمي بصر «إسرائيل» وأميرك،ا تطرح الاسئلة الاستراتيجية نفسها من جديد:

ـ هل تحطمت أسلحة الحرب الإسرائيلية التقليدية التفوّقية التي قامت عليها الدولة العبرية!؟

ـ ماذا فعل حزب الله والفلسطينيون وسورية وإيران بالبنية الدفاعية الإسرائيلية بعد حروب الدفاع الاستراتيجي التي خاضوها ضدّ العدوان في العقود الثلاثة الاخيرة!؟

ـ ماذا يجري في أروقة وزارة الحرب الإسرائيلية وردهات مطابخ صنع القرار الصهيوني في اللآونة الأخيرة ونحن نقترب من هزيمة سيدهم الأميركي…!؟

على الرغم من تتابع مسلسل الفشل الذي مُنيت به المشاريع «الإسرائيلية»، المرتكزة او المعتمدة على التفوّق الجوي الإسرائيلي الى جانب الإمكانيات العسكرية الأخرى التي يتمتع بها الجيش الإسرائيلي، ومنذ زرع هذا الكيان حتى الآن، فإنّ مشاريع وحملات إسرائيل العسكريه سنة 1956 و 1967 و 1973 و 1978 و1982، والتي فشلت جميعها في القضاء على روح المقاومة لدى الجماهير العربية، والتي عجزت تماماً عن تصفية القضية الفلسطينية وفرض هيمنتها كوكيل للقوى الاستعمارية الغربية، على منطقة غرب آسيا بأكملها.

نقول إنه بالرغم من مسلسل الفشل هذا إلا أنّ «إسرائيل» لم تعلن يوماً، بشكل واضح لا مواربة فيه، عن فشل عقيدتها العسكرية المقتبسة عن النظرية العسكرية النازية الهتلرية – تلك النظرية التي كانت تنطلق من مبدأ الحرب الخاطفة المعتمدة على ثنائي الطائرة والدبابة، والتي طبّقها النظام النازي في اجتياحه لبولندا في أيلول 1939 ثم اجتياحه لفرنسا في شهر أيار 1940 وهجومه المباغت على الاتحاد السوفياتي في شهر حزيران 1941، حيث حقق نجاحات عسكرية سريعة ومبهرة، ل انّ الدولة العبرية التي اعتمدت في حروبها الاحتلالية والعدوانية ضدّنا على مبدأ التفوّق الجوي الآنف الذكر، مدعوماً بقوة الدبابة الاجتياحية منذ قيامها في حرب 1948 وحتى آخر معاركها ضدّنا، ظلت تكابر حتى جاء يوم الاثنين 3/9/2018 الذي يمكننا أن نسمّيه «يوم الإعلان عن سقوط هذه العقيدة» وعدم جدواها كما ورد على لسان وزير الحرب الإسرائيلي السابق، افيغدور ليبرمان، الذي أعلن وبعد نقاشات طويلة جداً في أوساط وزارة «الدفاع» الإسرائيلية دامت لسنوات، ما يلي :

أولاً: تمّ تشكيل سلاح جديد في الجيش الإسرائيلي يطلق عليه اسم: سلاح الصواريخ Missile corps على أن يلحق ميدانياً بسلاح المشاة في الجيش.

ثانياً: والسبب المعلن هو انّ التغيير الذي طرأ على طبيعة أعداء الدولة العبرية قد جعل التفوّق الجوي غير كاف للدفاع عن «إسرائيل» حيث اننا الجيش الإسرائيلي في مواجهة عدو، مثل حزب الله وحماس، في غاية المرونة وسريع الحركة والاختفاء ولا يقاتل من قواعد ثابتة يسهل على سلاح الجو المتفوّق تدميرها.

والدليل على ذلك والكلام للوزير ليبرمان اننا أطلقنا

اكثر من مائه وسبعين ألف قذيفة مدفعية وآلاف الغارات الجوية على لبنان ولم نتمكّن من إنهاء وجود حزب الله.

ثالثاً: أما السبب الثاني الذي يجعل إنشاء هذا السلاح ضرورياً وممكناً فهو توفر التكنولوجيا اللازمة لدى شركة الصناعات العسكرية الإسرائيلية لإنتاج ما يحتاجه الجيش من هذه الصواريخ المختلفة المديات، بالاضافة الى التطور الكبير الذي يشهده قطاع الاتصالات في الجيش، بما في ذلك إدخال أو دمج نظام إدارة المعارك وتنسيق النيران في الميدان، المسمى تزاياد Tzayad الى الخدمة في الجيش حديثاً. هذا النظام الذي يسمح لوحدات الجيش في ميدان المعركة ان ترى بعضها بعضاً، عبر شاشات الكمبيوتر، وان تحدّد مواقع العدو وتهاجمها عن بعد.

رابعاً: كما أعلن ليبرمان ايضاً انّ وزارته قد وقعت عقداً مع شركات الصناعات العسكرية الإسرائيلية لشراء صواريخ أرض أرض قادرة على ضرب أهداف على بعد حتى مائة وخمسين كيلومتراً. وانّ توريد هذه الصواريخ سيبدأ خلال بضعة أعوام.

في حين تشير معلومات خاصة إلى أنّ تسليم الدفعة الأولى من هذه الصواريخ، لوحدات سلاح الصواريخ الحديث المنشأ، سيبدأ أواخر سنة 2020.

خامساً: قامت أوساط وزارة الدفاع الإسرائيلية بتسريب معلومات، الى الصحافة الإسرائيلية، مفادها انّ وزارة الدفاع ستواصل اعتمادها على ما هو متوفر من المدفعية الصاروخية المسمّاة بالانجليزية Extended Range Artillery EXTRA ، والتي يبلغ ثمن الصاروخ الواحد منها ثلاثمائة ألف دولار، ويبلغ مداه 250 كيلومتراً.

علماً انّ هذا النوع من الذخيرة الصاروخية هو من صناعة شركات الصناعات العسكريه الإسرائيلي، وقد استخدمه الجيش الإسرائيلي سابقاً، في قصف أهداف للجيش السوري في الكسوة وغيرها من المواقع في أرياف دمشق الغربية والشمالية الغربية، والتي كان يتمّ إطلاقها من عربات أو راجمات صواريخ من طراز لينيكس Lynex.

كما انّ وزارة «الدفاع» الإسرائيلية قد باعت كلا من فيتنام وأذربيجان عدداً من وحدات هذا النوع من المدفعية سنة ٢٠١٣. وقد أكدت فيتنام شراءها عشرين راجمة صواريخ إسرائيلية من هذا الطراز في وقت لاحق لموعد تسلّمها، استخدمت كذلك في غاراتها الشهيرة الفاشلة على مطار دمشق الدولي…!

الخلاصة إذن إعلان مدوّ عن فشل سلاح الجو الإسرائيلي في تحقيق أيّ نجاح يُذكر، على مدى عقود من الزمن… ولكن إعلان ليبرمان عن إنشاء سلاح الصواريخ، الذي يأمل قادة الجيش الإسرائيلي في ان يسدّ عجز سلاح الجو عن تحقيق أهدافه، لن يمثل حلاً سحرياً كما يظنون للمأزق الاستراتيجي الإسرائيلي بنظر خبراء متابعين وذلك للأسباب التالية:

1 ـ انّ المهمة الأساسية لسلاح الجو كانت عبر التاريخ، وكما أوجدها او صاغها الجنرال الايطالي جوليو دوهيت سنة 1900، كانت تتمثل في نقل المعركة الى داخل عمق أراضي العدو وعدم حصرها في جبهات القتال على الحدود.

ولكن دور سلاح الجو قد بدأ بالتراجع مع نهايات الحرب العالمية الثانية حين بدأت الجيوش السوفياتية باستخدام راجمات صواريخ الكاتيوشا، التي كانت تسمّى أورغ ستالين في الغرب الأورغ هو آلة موسيقية متعدّدة الأنابيب ، على نطاق واسع ولَم تعد الطائره الألمانية قادرة على تأمين الحمايه للجنود الألمان على الأرض مما أدّى الى تتابع هزائمهم، انطلاقاً من ستالينغراد وحتى احتلال الجيوش السوفياتية لبرلين الواقعة على بعد آلاف الكيلومترات عن ستالينغراد.

2 ـ انّ ذلك يعني انّ الجيش الإسرائيلي واصل تطبيق نظريات عسكريه، أكل عليها الدهر وشرب وأصبحت عديمة الفعالية، خاصة بعد ظهور الثورة الفلسطينية والمقاومة الاسلامية اللبنانيةه لاحقاً واعتمادهما أسلوب حرب العصابات او الحرب المتحركة التي تحدّت جبروت سلاح الجو الإسرائيلي بنجاح.

3 ـ انّ الثورة الفلسطينية، في سبعينيات وبداية ثمانينيات القرن الماضي، والمقاومة اللبنانية بشكل أكبر منذ نشأتهما استطاعتا نقل المعركة الى داخل الكيان الإسرائيلي وبالتالي نجحتا في منع «إسرائيل» من تحقيق أيّ من أهدافها. رغم تفوّقها التسليحي الكبير.

4 ـ وعلى العكس مما يتمنّاه قادة الجيش الإسرائيلي، من انّ إنشاء سلاح الصواريخ الجديد هذا سيُحدِث ثورة في أداء الجيش الإسرائيلي، فإنّ الخبراء يجزمون بأنّ أيّ شيء من هذا لن يحدث كما نبشرهم بأنّ ما فشلت في تحقيقه طائراتهم لن تنجح في تحقيقه صواريخهم.

اذ انّ مأزق ما تبقّى من هيبة الجيش الذي لا يُقهر لا يتمثل في نوعية السلاح المستخدم من قبله وانما في انكشافه استراتيجيا وتكتيكيا..!

فعلى الصعيد الاستراتيجي هو جزء من المعسكر المهزوم في الصراع الدولي الجاري حاليا. بينما يفتقد داخل الكيان للعمق من الناحية التكتيكية العملياتية الأمر الذي جعل جبهته الداخلية جزءاً من الخط الأمامي المكشوف تماماً وعرضة لخسائر فادحة في أيّ حرب مع قوات حلف المقاومة التي تتمتع بعمق استراتيجي كبير جدا يسمح لها بالمناورة الفعّالة خلال العمليات العسكرية.

5 ـ انّ قيادة الجيش الإسرائيلي باتت عاجزة تماماً عن فهم استراتيجية حلف المقاومة وقواته، والمتمثلة في إعداد الخطط الهجومية وليس الدفاعية، ما يعني بأنّ المأزق الإسرائيلي لم يعد يتمثل في ضرب أهداف لقوات حلف المقاومة على بعد مئات الكيلومترات، وانما في كيفية مواجهة قوات المقاومة في الجليل الفلسطيني وفِي الضفة الغربية المحتلة واستحالة ذلك في ظلّ الانهيار المعنوي والنفسي والقنوط العام الذي يعاني منه الجنود الإسرائيليون، لا بل المجتمع الاستيطاني الإسرائيلي بأكمله.

وهذا يعني انّ سلاح الصواريخ الجديد الذي تقرّر إنشاؤه لن يكون أحسن حظاً من سلاح الجو الموجود منذ ما يزيد على سبعين عاماً والذي يمتلك أحدث الطائرات القتالية في العالم.

الامر الذي يؤكد لنا وللعالم أجمع حتمية سقوط ليس فقط العقيدة القتالية الإسرائيلية الجديدة ايضاً، بل وقرب زوال الكيان الإسرائيلي من أرض فلسطين في الأفق المنظور…

من يعتقد اننا نبالغ في الأمر فليعد قراءة التقارير والتحقيقات الإسرائيلية الداخلية التي تجمع على انّ خيارات المواجهة وتحقيق الانتصارات بدأت تضيق على ما تبقى من زعامات إسرائيلية ان بقي لهم زعامات اصلاً…!

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