In a New History of the IDF, an Israeli Author Breaks New Ground in Lying about His Country

In An Army Like No Other, Haim Bresheeth-Zabner—a professor of film studies at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and himself a veteran of the Six-Day War—tells the story of Israel’s army from 1948 until the present day. The military historian Edward Luttwak begins his review by examining Bresheeth-Zabner’s insinuation that the IDF slaughtered some 200 Syrian POWs in 1967:

Israeli military actions—past, present and nonexistent—receive, I would wager, more scrutiny than those of any other army, and in the endless list of accusations against it—valid, semi-valid, improbable, or utterly impossible—no such prisoner massacre has ever previously been included. But I will offer no such probabilistic argument because I was there in the Hula Valley in June 1967.

Of course, Luttwak saw no sign of such a massacre, because one never occurred. But, he goes on to argue, the entire book is filled with similar libels and insinuations, unencumbered by excessive concern for the truth, or even for plausibility.

Bresheeth-Zabner is one of those Israelis who are warmly welcomed in London by the academics and publicists who, for reasons on which we need not speculate here, studiously overlook every other conflict in the world (including Syria’s, amazingly enough, with its own Palestinian casualties numbering in the many thousands) to campaign relentlessly against Israel. That warm welcome is available in exchange for the acceptance of a simple axiom: Israel has no right to exist; hence everything about it is illegitimate, if not also atrocious, beginning with the Israeli army of course.

That is a bargain that Bresheeth-Zabner is very willing to fulfil. We thus read: “The Israelis are the greatest warmongers in the Middle East.” . . . The author’s apparent need to blacken Israel affords him no license for the [book’s] countless factual errors—most of them easily avoidable via a little light googling.

As for the IDF’s supposed victims, Luttwak writes that Bresheeth-Zabner “does not like the Palestinians enough to tell them the truth, thereby insisting on Palestinian exceptionalism.”

Read more at Times Literary Supplement

More about: Anti-Semitism, IDF, Military ethics, Six-Day War

Why Saturday Was a Resounding Defeat for Iran

Yaakov Lappin provides a concise and useful overview of what transpired on Saturday. For him, the bottom line is this:

Iran and its jihadist Middle Eastern axis sustained a resounding strategic defeat. . . . The fact that 99 percent of the threats were intercepted means that a central pillar of Iranian force projection—its missile and UAV arsenals—has been proven to be no match for Israel’s air force, for its multilayered air-defense system, or for regional cooperation with allies.

Iran must now await Israel’s retaliation, and unlike Israel, Iranian air defenses are by comparison limited in scope. After its own failure on Sunday, Iran now relies almost exclusively on Hizballah for an ability to threaten Israel.

And even as Iran continues to work on developing newer and deadlier missiles, the IDF is staying a few steps ahead:

Israel is expecting its Iron Beam laser-interception system, which can shoot down rockets, mortars, and UAVs, to become operational soon, and is developing an interceptor (Sky Sonic) for Iran’s future hypersonic missile (Fattah), which is in development.

The Iron Beam will change the situation in a crucial way. Israell’s defensive response on Saturday reportedly cost it around $1 billion. While Iron Beam may have to be used in concert with other systems, it is far cheaper and doesn’t run the risk of running out of ammunition.

Read more at JNS

More about: Hizballah, Iran, Iron Dome, Israeli Security, Israeli technology