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Israel Security Is Not Assured
For the last few days I had a lot of lengthy email discussions with several Jewish American friends about the Gaza flotilla incident The attacks on Israel by a few of them were incessant and troubling. They brought up so many false accusations against Israel of decades ago it was illuminating. I corrected their mistaken with calm factual information, but they ignored that. They just wanted to find faults with so many things in Israel, it was no use to answer them any longer.
I want to talk here about one item because several people wrote me that Israelis are too paranoid about their nation's security, otherwise, they said, the "attack" on the "Aid convoy" would not have been carried out and every one would have been happy….
People who say Israelis are paranoid about their security have little knowledge of Israel's military reality, did not visit Israeli borders, and had no similar experience to what Israelis have been sadly experienced for decades.
Here are some of the facts:
Many people are still thinking in WWII terms, not on the Israeli-scale, or in Middle East terms."Israel is powerful, it could easily protect itself." I wish it was the case. It is so much more complex.
Even without any nuclear attack by Iran, Israel could be devastated by the thousands of rockets and missiles that Hezbollah and Hamas can spread all over Israel. This would stop for all practical extent, life in Israel.
There is no way to stop the majority of these missile attacks without tremendous Arab civilian casualties since they will be from within population centers.
Four years after the 06 Lebanon war Hizbullah has learned a lot and has fortified its positions with considerably more sophisticated. Longer range missiles, tens of thousands of them. Iran supply them via Syria on a continues basis. Add to it that these missiles may carry chemical poisons, or even nuclear radiation material and the danger grow exponentially. Both these lethal ingredients are available on the international illegal markets for the right price. How could Israel protect itself, how could it respond effectively?
More effective Israeli counter measures will simply kill more Arab civilians, by the thousands. There are no magic solutions that will kill terrorists and not civilians around them. I have seen many videos how the terrorists cover themselves with human shields, some times by forcing kids to stay around them while they shoot the rockets. The terrorists run away immediately afterwards, the kids remain, they have no other place to go.
People say, Israel is so strong, there is no danger to its existence. Israel is strong militarily just against a known nationally based armies- like Egypt and Syria, but can not do much to protect itself from non conventional wars - from large, well organized terrorist armies, Hizbullah and Hamas. Especially because the rest of the "neutral" world aid them by doing nothing to prevent the escalation, as the UN ceasefire agreement in Lebanon dictated.. And these terrorists are not worried about their own civil population, and they certainly are eager to kill Israeli civilians.
Again, the Palestinian clearly stated goal is to destroy Israel, not live in peace with Israel.
In case Israel response to mass attacks the deeply anti- Israeli world, based on deep rooted anti-Semitic feelings, will wreck Israel by boycotts, in the UN, in trade and any other possible means. As far as most of the world's media is concerned it does not matter who started it and what are the facts, Israel is always the aggressor.
Watch carefully Arab propaganda, they are masters of lies and deceptions. It is a deep part of their culture. Listen to their own speeches, [available in English at MEMRI.com] read the views of expert historians.
The Israelis are not able to lie nor exaggerate for the sake of national security. They stupidly, want to be pure too much. It is time for Israel to accept that perception is often more important than facts for most people, including international leaders. Israel can not endure long without some global acceptance. And Israel's enemies are working to delegitimize Israel 24/7.
The global community react to protect the "innocent" civilians that allowed and support the terrorists.
Why humanitarians do not scream about the hundreds of Muslim civilians killed by US in Pakistan and Afghanistan? No one is screaming against the strong US.
Why the Media and peace loving people are so fixated on Israel? Are other innocent civilians less deserving protection? What about the hundreds people who die weekly from military actions all over the globe? Tens of thousands murdered in Russia, Chechnya alone. Why does Israel is always on the front page? Just a coincident?
To understand the security situation you must grasp the small distances involved. The distances between the West bank border and Israeli communities are so short you can almost shoot a rifle from the Palestinian border into Tel Aviv. I stood often on the balcony of my relatives in Kefar Saba and looked into the lights of the next door Palestinian community of Kalkilia. Only fear of Israeli raid keep them from shooting me.
Most Israeli served in the military, they know the military reality. I talked with several Israeli soldiers and officers over the last few years. They are trained to minimize Arab civilian casualties, but some times it is impossible. They often risked their own and friends lives not to kill Arab civilians. These are their orders, training, and personal feelings too.
Non Jews often see the situation much clearer than American Jews. Our past member of Congress told us that Israelis took him to several locations across Israel to grasp the distances. He saw from one place the lights of Amman, Jordan capital, Damascus too, and Jerusalem, plus many Israeli communities.. He was so surprised to see how close were the West Bank borders to many Israeli communities. Maps did not show that, he said.
And he said without any hesitation-"when someone comes to kill me and my family, I will kill him first." He repeated it several times for emphasis since the American Jews listening were so hesitant about what Israel can do to protect itself. I saw Obama saying the same thing on video recently.
A lot of Israelis are justifiably unsettled, worried about their families, their sons and daughters in the military and the survival of their state. And just add the danger of destruction by Iran's nuclear weapons, and you may get a little, very little, grasp of the situation.
As bright as you may be, as educated you may be, even if you served in the US military accept that this is not Kansas any more. Your own life experience is not capable of grasping the Israeli situation.
Do not judge another person until you walked in his own moccasins.
Israelis are under extreme danger for their own lives, and for Israel's actual existence.
As a minimum, see this video on Israel security.