Israel’s missile defenses are failing to protect its civilians and make the reconquest of Gaza the only possible outcome
We live in an Alice in Wonderland world, a world behind the mirror, a world that is governed by illusions that are taken for truths. Some are benign; most are highly dangerous. Nobody seems immune from this phenomenon, one whose roots are buried deep in the blood-soaked European soil together with the bones of countless Christians and Jews alike. Since the end of WWII the world has been telling itself the lie that warfare on that unimaginable scale will never repeat itself, that somehow, for the first time in history, weapons that humans build will never leave their storage facilities except for exercises, most of which are sanitized and simulated affairs anyway.
We kid ourselves, repeatedly, helped along by shameless elites and their flunkies in the media, but the bill is coming due. Right now. The media, Israeli and foreign alike, is silent about the clearly visible and enormous repercussions of what is now taking place in the Gaza strip. We here in Tsionizm, will tell you the truth, no matter how horrifying it may be. This conflict will change everything. There are several reasons for that starting with the most blatant: Israel is failing to protect its civilians and its infrastructure.
The illusion that Israel has been living, the one in which its technological superiority and its vaunted anti-missile defenses will be able to all but defang the vast arsenal of rocketry stored by the terrorist factions in Gaza is being shattered to smithereens as we speak. Israel is taking major casualties. Israelis are being slaughtered in their homes, in their cars, in their bomb shelters. Gazans, for the first time ever, fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli civilian vehicle, killing the driver. About one third of the country is completely paralyzed. Does any one think that Intel is producing CPU’s in its Kiryat Gat plant only a couple of kilometers form the Gaza border? Think again. Does anyone think that Intel will not be rethinking its commitment to invest a further $3 billion in that plant?
Can anyone imagine that the Hezbollah and its masters in Tehran are failing to observe the successes that their much smaller and much less well-equipped colleagues are having in the south? Does anyone think that the General Staff of the IDF is not right as we speak brushing off its plans for the re-occupation of both the Gaza Strip and Southern Lebanon? How ill-informed would one have to be to think that the plans for a major strike against the Iranian nuclear capabilities are not being feverishly updated as I right these lines?
Israel is trying to do all it can to defend its grand illusion, the lie it tells itself and the lie it tries to sell to world. This illusion is as simple as it is understandable on a human level. Israel wants so badly to believe, it wants so badly to make others believe that a prosperous modern country, a country that is a world leader in everything from high fashion to high technology can exist with hundreds of thousands of armed to the teeth homicidal maniacs on its northern and southern borders. To sustain that illusion, Israel is “managing” the conflict. In response to each “unprecedented” attack from Gaza, such as the anti-tank missile fire, it ratchets up its own attacks, renewing, for example, its policy of targeted assassinations and methodically demolishing Hamas infrastructure such the building that housed its internal security apparatus and its cyber warfare headquarters.
Even if, and this is a very big if, the current round of warfare will conclude without further escalation, even if the Egyptians and the Europeans broker another “cease fire”, even if the precious Eurovision Song Contest is somehow saved and takes place as scheduled in the middle of the month, how can people in Israel rejoice when so many families are destroyed forever and so many wounded are still recovering in the hospitals? How can Tel-Aviv celebrate, when in Ashkelon and Ashdod there are piles of rubble where family homes used to stand? How can some kids watch the show on the big-screens, while others are suffering from night terrors and traumatic stress?
Israel has been building and maintaining one of the biggest and most capable ground armies in the world; certainly, the biggest when normalized by population size. As it was doing so, it was building and maintaining something else: the illusion that this ground force will never again have to be used in an all out conflict like the 1973 Yom Kippur War or even a regional small scale conflict like the first and second Lebanese wars of 1982 and 2006. As the outgoing IDF Inspector General has recently pointed out in a public interview, this dangerous illusion jeopardizes the combat readiness of the IDF ground forces just at the time when their use on a massive scale is not just likely in the near term, but absolutely inevitable.
It is becoming imperative that Israel forget about Eurovision and other such nonsense, activate emergency plans to transition to full war fighting posture including massive reserve call-up and re-occupy Gaza. Following this occupation and the establishment of martial law, terrorist leaders need to be rounded up and imprisoned, all weapons must be methodically collected and destroyed, and all weapons manufacturing facilities leveled to the ground. When that is accomplished, control of he territory can be transferred to a body agreed upon by Egypt, Israel, the United States, and the European Union.
Unfortunately, the illusion of safety behind the technological might of the offensive and defensive capabilities of the Israeli Air Force, the desire to go on with business as usual, and the very understandable fear of the hundreds of casualties that would undoubtedly occur if the Gaza strip were to be conquered, make this course of action unlikely. It is unfortunate, because the next conflict will be much worse and require Israel to engage in massive ground force maneuvers on the Southern and Northern Fronts simultaneously, something it hasn’t done since 1973. This will significantly slow down Israel’s capability to neutralize the ability of the Hamas and the Hezbollah to fire massed rocket barrages at Israel’s population centers, military installations, and even nuclear facilities. This in turn, will necessitate massive and much broader response from Israel, for example targeting the Lebanese government and military, trying to get them to restrain the Hezbollah. This kind of conflict, in the presence of Russian, American, and Iranian military assets in Syria, will be immediately internationalized and will engulf the entire region in a war the course of which cannot be gamed out without accepting the possibility of this conflict metastasizing across the globe.
The danger of illusions, especially escapist ones, is that believing in them makes a bad situation infinitely worse. If the human race is to survive, we need level-headed leaders who tell the truth to a well-informed and sober populace via an impartial and well-educated media. The reality of our world today is so far from that ideal that it almost makes me laugh as I am writing these lines. It is not a happy laugh. As Israel is cutting fuel supplies to Gaza and Israeli warplanes are getting ready to fly from Independence Day flyovers to battle missions, it should be said with clarity: the future that the world is now facing is the worst it had been in many decades, likely since 1939. Ignorance is not bliss. Be ready.
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