Israel’s King Kong army

Inevitably, in Israel, the army is not immune from criticism, though it usually only comes when the fighting is over. This was written back during the first 72-hour cease fire:

“It’s a King Kong of an army — big and cumbersome; every move unintentionally knocks down a house, bridge or UN school in Gaza” according to an analysis in Haaretz, and it continues….

“Instead of managing the war wisely, with commando units operating behind enemy lines, ruses, ambushes and traps as in the old days, the IDF now unloads one-ton bombs on buildings in an effort to hit the command headquarters below. But the commanders in the tunnels survive without a scratch. And of course the building collapses, burying civilians.

“It’s also hard to understand how the army went into Gaza with antique armored personnel carriers when IDF warehouses have excellent newer models, and why it takes two weeks to figure out that it doesn’t make sense to put staging areas within range of mortar shells, costing many lives in the process…

“This happens because the top brass employs all its skills and strategies to lobby for a budget. It’s constantly demanding more money and is always short of funds, even if by every measure it has a huge budget — bigger than that of all the surrounding Arab countries.”

Unfortunately the rest of the piece is behind a firewall, but the conclusion is that the IDF needs more commandoes, stealth, and finesse instead of these King Kong tactics.  If they ever expect to whip Hamas, that is, without laying waste to Gaza in the process.

Ynet columnist Michael Bar-Zohar agrees, saying, the IDF has lost its creativity.

Via Haaretz & Ynet News.

3 responses to “Israel’s King Kong army

  1. Yep, there is a lot of truth in this piece. However, as many critics, this author (and me too) doesn’t have a good idea to offer on how to root out the Hamas bozos from the tunnels. Operating in Gaza City is different from anything taught in the manuals. No solution anywhere I know about.

    Aside of carpet bombing of course, which we better not go into…

  2. That’s what they’re doing now, shrugging and saying there is no way, etc. Finding a way is their job. They need to try more commandos and more stealth. How about some flame-throwers in those tunnels? Anything is better than lumbering, highly-vulnerable tanks and seldom-very-accurate fighter-bombers, neither of which were designed for urban warfare.

    The piece at the link suggests assassinating the leaders of Hamas and the other groups working with them in Gaza. It mocks the idea of destroying their houses (and sometimes families) as the IAF is doing now without finding and killing them. How about that big cheese in the luxury hotel in Qatar, for instance? He’s not hiding in a deep tunnel.

  3. The big cheese in Qatar – I use to call him Mashaal the unde-assassinated. After all, we have revived him once already:,d.bGE

    But to get to the chiefs in Gaza is a completely different story. Only a deeply lodged spy could get to the bunkers – or an outright assault that needs a lot of force, which, in the end, will be the only alternative, I am afraid.