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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Comrade Peretz Demoralizes the IDF

Sometime this evening, Maj.-Gen. Meir Kalifi will present Defense Minister Comrade Peretz with a report which should - from everything I have read - exonerate the army from responsibility for last Friday afternoon's work accident on a Gaza beach that killed seven 'Palestinians.' But Comrade Peretz has already damaged army morale and encouraged the 'Palestinians' by making the IDF look incompetent and treating them as guilty until proven innocent, as shown in this article from today's Jerusalem Post:

Whatever the investigation reveals will no longer make a difference, since even while defense officials say there is a chance the probe will exonerate the IDF, for the military the damage has already been done. In the eyes of the world, the IDF has killed innocent people, but more importantly, in the eyes of the Israeli public, the IDF has this week appeared incompetent and weak in face of the massive downpour of Kassam rockets on the western Negev.

Stopped from using artillery fire by Peretz until the completion of the investigation, the IDF has found itself at a loss of how to combat the non-stop rocket attacks. A few IAF missile strikes - some successful, others not - were not enough to retain the deterrence the daily artillery barrages had instilled within the Kassam operators, who had sometimes been too scared to venture out to the launch sites in the northern Gaza Strip. Some officers even went as far as to blame Peretz's decision to suspend artillery fire on the Gaza Strip as one of the reasons for the drastic increase in the number of Kassam attacks, claiming that there was no longer any such deterrence.

But one positive aspect of the suspension of artillery fire was that it caused the IDF to think "out of the box" and to come up with new ways to combat the Kassam fire - something more innovative than the artillery attacks that had been the military's consistent course of action following each Kassam fired.

This is how the IDF came up with the recommendation that Peretz rejected on Sunday: to escalate air strikes against terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas officials and offices. Until now, the defense establishment has had a "hands-off" policy when it came to Hamas, which had mostly held to its self-declared 2005 cease-fire and refrained from perpetrating attacks against Israel.

Now however, Hamas has once again become a target - firstly, because its operatives are involved in Kassam fire, but also because the IDF cannot sit idly by with its hands tied as dozens of rockets hit Israeli cities. Someone needs to be held responsible.

Read the whole thing.


At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about the wrong man for the job!


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