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Ron Ben-Yishai: Strong message to Iran

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Appointment of offensive-minded Galant as army chief sends clear Israeli message.

By Ron Ben-Yishai

Major-General Yoav Galant’s most prominent characteristic as a military man is his tendency to choose offense over other combat approaches. This was true on the tactical level, when Galant commanded the Flotilla 13 Navy commando unit, and it was also manifested through his strategic approach to resolving problems stemming from Hamas’ rule in Gaza.

Had it been up to him, Operation Cast Lead would have been launched a year to a year and a half earlier. He wouldn’t have waited until December 2009. Galant also attempted to convince Defense Minister Barak, Chief of Staff Ashkenazi, and his colleagues at General Staff Headquarters to implement an operational plan that was much broader and more ambitious than the one carried out in Operation Cast Lead. His plan was supposed to not only put an end to the rocket barrages directed at southern Israel, but also to terminate Hamas’ rule in Gaza. Read the rest of this entry »


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August 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

Military Files: Preparing for future wars

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Romania chopper crash provids glimpse into Israeli preparations for strategic, long-range ops.

Alex Fishman

Ynetnews feature: Israel Air Force deployments in various European states are always classified. The host country never knows what hides behind the training sessions held in its territory. Such sessions may take place in Hungary, Romania, Greece, Italy, Germany, Canada, and certainly in the US. In most cases, these training sessions do not include joint drills between Israel’s Air Force and the hosting Air Force; rather, the host country provides our Air Force with a training platform for two weeks or longer. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 6, 2010 at 8:19 am

Military Files: Iron Dome test in South successful

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By Yaakov Katz


Missile interception system to start operating in coming weeks. Israel inched a step closer recently to deploying a missile defense system along the border with the Gaza Strip after the Iron Dome system successfully intercepted a number of missile barrages in tests. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Theophyle

July 15, 2010 at 8:17 am