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Asymmetrical Warfare

Israel’s challenges in fighting the terrorists who threaten it is, in some ways, a classic case of “Asymmetrical warfare”—when one side of a conflict has more might or resources than the other. While it’s true that Israel’s army—a highly trained force equipped with sophisticated weaponry—looks like it has all of the advantages, this conflict is not really so simple.

Traditional asymmetrical warfare

Beginning with the war between Spanish fighters and Napoleon’s French Army between 1807-1813, and continuing into the modern era, dozens of “revolutionary” forces have attacked or undermined governments through “guerilla warfare” – raids, ambushes, and other small-scale attacks directed at military installations and forces.

In Israel today, however, the terrorist fighters have added new, horrible twists to “guerilla warfare” by targeting civilians rather than the military, and by using their own civilian populations as human shields. Sadly, these tactics have begun to appear in other conflicts around the world, such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The question of how to fight this kind of perverse asymmetry is essential not only for Israel, but for all democratic nations.

Armies fighting armies

The Israeli army began as a typical national military whose purpose was to defend against the regular army forces of other countries. With highly motivated and expertly trained troops, as well as sophisticated weaponry purchased abroad and developed at home, the IDF was able to beat back the combined armies of countries many times its size in several wars.

Following the defeats of these regular armies in the 1967 and 1973 wars, however, Israel’s army began to face other “military” forces: Terrorist groups and militias that began with Yasser Arafat’s PLO and its associated groups – the predecessors of the terror groups it faces today, such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, the Tanzim, and the al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigade. Israel is not fighting a ”Palestinian” air force, navy, or army, but rather a series of inter-related militias that not only do not function like regular military forces, but that use tactics abhorrent to regular armies, such as carrying out “missions” against purely civilian targets and engaging in military operations from their own civilian areas.

Irregular forces, irregular tactics

Israel’s military victories against other nations’ armies generally were credited to superior weaponry, highly trained and motivated soldiers, and the element of surprise. None of these “asymmetrical” advantages, however, are enough to defeat small cells planning suicide bombings on city buses or restaurants or home invasions in Israeli villages.

The initial phases of the First Intifada were, in fact, a more traditional case of asymmetrical warfare: Small bands of civilians staging violent protests against Israeli soldiers (which, overnight, negatively impacted the Jewish state’s world image). Not after long, however, the initial grass-roots protests were taken over by terrorist groups using non-standard “asymmetrical” tactics, such as using “human shields” – having armed fighters shoot at Israeli soldiers from behind groups of children, so that the soldiers could not pursue them nor return fire without harming the children.

By the 1990s, the “asymmetry” Israel faced had become a question of how a law-abiding state can fight terror.

When any response is “disproportionate”

Today, Israel faces terrorist forces who regularly launch rockets and missiles at Israeli cities, engage in suicide bombing campaigns targeting Israeli public transit and public spaces like restaurants, and—in a vile but legitimate tactic aimed at Israel’s military—attempt to kidnap soldiers. The terrorists operate from heavily populated areas, preventing the IDF from being able to respond without incurring civilian casualties—going so far as to locate military command centers and other strategic targets in spots like hospitals, schools and mosques. Israel cannot respond by conventional military means without killing civilians placed in harm’s way by the terrorist groups, incurring not only Israeli regret but world censure (the same world, of course, that is silent on the terrorist groups’ tactics to begin with).

There is no way for a regular army to respond to terrorist groups—which are, by definition, smaller—without its response being “disproportionate,” in that the army has more conventional resources at its disposal. This is all the more true when the terrorists operate in such a way that any response will end up hitting civilians.

And, sure enough, accusations of “disproportionate response” predictably follow every Israeli action, no matter how much restraint the Jewish state shows before responding, nor how carefully Israel responds. For example, Israel was pilloried for its “disproportionate response” when it invaded Gaza in 2008 to stop Hamas rocket fire – in spite of the fact that thousands of rockets had fallen on Israeli cities, that Israel had tried every avenue to get the government in Gaza to stop the rockets themselves, and that the IDF compromised its own mission and its soldiers’ safety by announcing that it was invading and even leafleting areas to warn civilians.

Different definitions of success

Despite the incredible odds, however, Israel’s military has pioneered tactics that—while imperfect—are showing the way for other democracies facing terrorist threats. As researchers like Yagil Henkin have shown, the IDF has developed effective and ethical ways of engaging terrorists.

Cultivating superior intelligence networks that can pinpoint terrorist activities and locations is essential. One Israeli tactic that lessens threats to civilians—as well as soldiers—in highly populated urban areas is “swarming,” in which small and mobile infantry brigades connected to aerial surveillance and other intelligence suddenly overwhelm buildings in order to apprehend terrorists, or even conduct searches. In addition, forces enter and exit buildings by blowing holes in walls—which severely damages buildings, but protects soldiers and civilians from snipers and other ambushes. Redrawing an urban battlefield lessens the incentives terrorists have to operate from within population centers. At the same time, Israel has tried to limit the scope of the battlefield with targeted assassinations of terrorist leaders.

These new methods don’t promise immediate defeat, but they have a growing record of subduing the terrorist threat. Ultimately, the true asymmetry isn’t a question of tactics or weaponry, but of ethics. And when it comes to moral asymmetry, Israel may have to fight for its survival, but it retains the high ground.

What do you think?

  • Fridah
    September 26, 2013
    1:51 am
     

    I pray for Israel, i love Israel,coming from Kenya, i believe Israel is a blessed land and i shall continue praying for Israel’s peace! The Terrorists just bombed our city too.God Bless Israel.

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  • Roger
    September 16, 2012
    10:34 am
     

    I know the enevitable is upon us. The Muslim war lies ahead. I only wish we could bring the people of Israel to America before the war starts. Removing the civilian targets and then go in and kick the crap out of Iran! We MUST stop this progression of Islamic hatred against people of other faiths and it appears the only method they will understand is might. I stand with the Iraeli people in their quest for a peaceful existance and I truly wish there were a peaceful solution but I don’t see that happening. Regretfully our President is a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer. We Americans cannot begin to guess what his policy is or may be. God Bless you all I will do whatever I can from America.

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    • Don
      October 2, 2012
      11:16 am
       

      ditto to Roger’s comment

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      • Paul
        January 21, 2013
        11:02 pm
         

        Pres Obama, whatever is real ideology is, he will abide by the majority of the people in the United States: We love Israel and have great respect for its People. I agree that in order to face muslem radicals ( hard to identify their true feelings ), we had to show them that we are greater and mightier. Israel had shown bravery and beaten them all them time. God had loved Israel since its beginning and He has assigned the United States Of America the responsibility of defending this tiny Country…the only real democrasy in the Middle East. God Bless Israel and his People.

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    • Ramona
      November 21, 2012
      4:07 pm
       

      Things may appear difficult with so many Muslims focusing hatred toward all religions. But they WILL NOT over power Israel or Christianity. GOD has NEVER forgotten His people. We need to continue to pray for Israel. And pray Obama doesn’t turn his back on Israel when things really heat up.

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    • Paul
      January 30, 2013
      4:28 pm
       

      Roger said it quite well and quite succinctly; moreover, with Obama at the helm, he would concoct a decptive way to supposedly back Israel, but it would be a smoke screen. Because of this, when Israel won, their concessions would be embarrassing. Sound like the U.S. and the game they like to play in their own little wars? It’s all about power and money and it’s amazing that many leaders besides Obama feel that they can put that in their casket, when their time is done on this earth. I would be so grateful if I were mistaken, but I have watched this type scenario for sixty years. Bet the house on it!

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  • Glo
    September 10, 2012
    12:45 pm
     

    Incredible article….but sooooo true. We as Christians need to stand for Israel. Obama’s policy regarding Israel has been so far very disappointing. I did not vote for him. Something inside makes me not trust him(We Christians know what that “something, or someone inside really means, right). PLEASE, all who read this, watch the movie that just came out “Obama’s America 2012″ playing in some theaters right now, at least until Obama’s people find the way to stop showing it. God bless Israel & God bless America

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    • TheA1
      October 28, 2012
      4:44 pm
       

      Glo: your earlier comments:”Something inside makes me not trust him(We Christians know what that “something, or someone inside really means, right).” I’m Christian and what do you really mean??

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  • Gary
    August 10, 2012
    12:47 pm
     

    This is a terrible thing. But, I have an ancestor that took his family on a raft down the rhine river to escape the 50 year war of the Martin Luther Era. If the population does not want to be a target , they should leave the area, the same as my ancestor.

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    • kevin
      September 2, 2012
      10:17 am
       

      Gary…you sound like some british comedian. “Run away! On the short term (days) that might sound like a solution..if you have family some where in the world to move in with..Think long term!

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      • TheA1
        October 28, 2012
        4:47 pm
         

        Ken, I agree with you. If the guy had a violin and some sad music in the background, he’d be putting together a script for a Lifetime movie.

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  • charles
    May 4, 2012
    5:08 am
     

    You just captured the one thing that has always caused me pain. Israel is like no other nation of the Earth;Israel’s history is full of persecutions and violent acts towards it by wicked neighbours. But Israel has always triumphed. My greatest worry is when Israelis especially certain writers at the Haaretz(to which I am a daily subscriber) seem to side the views of the outside world and try to vilify Israeli leaders. The truth remains that no Obama, Merkel, Sarkozy or Cameron can rule Israel better. Not when Israel is surrounded by death-wish neighbours. But God said He would plant Israel in this very land and that they shall never be removed from it.Even the best efforts of the enemy will fail as it failed in 1967.

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  • Suzanna
    February 28, 2012
    8:35 am
     

    Every citizen in the US should understand what Israel is up against because of 9/11. The purpose of the terrorist bombings was to discredit and dishonor our military.

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    • FRED
      April 28, 2012
      5:29 am
       

      ISRAEL HAS HAD A PROBLEM SINCE 1914 OR 1917 WHEN GENERAL ALLENBY ENTERED JERUSALEM,EVEN MORESO SINCE 1948 WHEN ISRAEL BECAME A STATE.
      THE TRADE CENTER BUILDINGS WERE NOT DESTROYED TO SHAME OUR MILITARY, THEY WERE HIT BECAUSE THE MOSULEMS HATE US. THEY HATE THE JEWS AND WE SIDE WITH THEM. SOME VERY BAD THING ARE GOING TO HAPPEN SOON.

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  • Rodney
    February 12, 2012
    12:28 pm
     

    I am a former US Marine from an artillery unit called “Mike Battery.” I am a devoted Christian and believe, as many of my warrior brothers believe, that Israel is God’s people, and we should help in all ways possible to stop any intrusion on the rights of Israel’s people, especially when dealing with the country of Iran. Coming from a country which had to defeat Hitler and his outright “anti-Christ” ways as he killed thousands of Jews in the most inhuman ways, we should never, ever forget that the devil is alive and powerful in his ways of attack on human beings, especially in the “minds” of people who do not believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only way to God and Heaven. Jealous of our Bible and our beliefs, the evil demons of the devil’s legions attack helpless people, such as Israel, and America, in an almost childish form of attacks. But remember my brothers and sisters, the devil can only pollute the minds of our enemies because they do not know the incredible gift God has given the world through his son Jesus Christ. We are not fighting people against our democracies anymore, we are fighting for the right to love our own God, and to spread the news of Jesus to every defiled mind that picks up a rock or a gun to make a “point” about their religion. From the Old Testament to today, God has taken care of His people and defeated His enemies, and Iran will soon know what a childish and irresponcable government they have in power. I was trained in “mini-nuke” warfare for my 109 cannon, and any country that carries out an anti-Christ like attack, like from simple gorilla warfare, all the way to nukes, they will feel the Hammer OF God! God bless America and Israel. Stay strong!

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    • FRED
      April 28, 2012
      5:37 am
       

      God bless the United States Marine Corps,and God bless America. you are right on.

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    • Audry
      July 25, 2012
      5:34 am
       

      Well put, Rodney. This is certainly spiritual warfare. America needs to humble itself to God and stand with Israel. God bless and thank you for your service.

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    • Mindy Robinson
      August 19, 2012
      4:09 am
       

      let them know, ask me i will come fight by your side. Not much help, but, given the fact we have an enemy running this nation it is all I can do. First time I thought US should fight and we dont.

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    • Pingili
      August 26, 2012
      1:11 pm
       

      I fully agree with Rodney’s views & I also prey God for the safety strength& prosperity of a great nation & great people of Israel who mercilessly defeated it’s Muslim nations.

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    • paul
      October 4, 2012
      11:50 pm
       

      my thoughts exactly brother.be ye not afraid.lo ari’

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    • J.
      November 7, 2012
      2:13 pm
       

      I took the oath also; but as a civilian under the Air Force but in the ACE. I can identify with your thoughts and no one can take my prayers away from us. The thoughts for our military are prayers.

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  • Robert
    February 2, 2012
    6:35 pm
     

    As a volunteer on Kibbutz Yiftach, a half mile from the Lebanese border, prior to the invasion in 1982, I lived in a bomb shelter for several weeks listening to the Katyusha rockets flying overhead and crashing into the surrounding hills. We need to support Israel no matter what.

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  • Yodno
    November 8, 2011
    12:41 am
     

    There is an urgent need to pray for the nation of Israel to believe that JESUS CHRIST is their Messiah. About 16% of the end-times prophecies still to be fulfilled for GOD’S people to engage in wars.

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    • deann
      November 11, 2011
      1:24 pm
       

      Ibelieve scipture. The Jews are God’s choosen people, and must be protected, as well, those who bless Jeruselum will be blessed. Our current administration,is unfortunatley against Israel and their hero leader. i do believe their are signs of the 2nd coming of Christ and prayer our beautiful jewish brothers and sister will find salvation.

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  • Dennis
    October 30, 2011
    7:27 am
     

    I am for Israel, believe in Israel, pray for Israel and mobilize nations for pray for that beautiful country.

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  • Dan
    August 8, 2011
    8:14 pm
     

    Tabitha is right- we need to become activists. The assymetry is more a matter of perception than reality. News footage of dead civilians incites people to anger, directed at Israel. They are not told how it was the Muslim Extremists that were launching rockets from a school roof that actually caused the response and ensuing collateral deaths. But, more than that, we are never told how the Qur’an is in reality a religiouse, social and ecoomical blueprint for world domination. We are never told that Muslims are instructed to lie, cheat, or use any means to attack us. Negotiate when weak, conquer when strong, and relentlessly pursue jihad. We are told of the peace loving majority of Muslims, and the first part of the Quor’an is always quoted, where everything is peace and harmony. But how many have heard that the second part of the Qour’an starts with an injunction to disregard anything in the first part that disagrees with the second- and almost everything does. We need to wake up our news media and our politicians and start winning the ideological war. We don’t need to change the picture of civilian casualties, we need to change peoples perception of what they see.
    Lay the blame where it belongs, on not only the terrorists, but on the religion itself. There are good, peace loving Muslims, to be sure. But they are betrayed by their own religion. Go to them in love, but never in weakness, and never trust where they come from. Shalom.

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  • JOEL
    July 23, 2011
    8:14 am
     

    EVERY COUNTRY ON THE PLANET NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND GENESIS 12:3 IS ALL THAT MATTERS !

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  • Joshua
    July 9, 2011
    6:12 pm
     

    That our cowardly president is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood through out the middle east is wrong on so many levels when our only true and proven ally is Israel, may God have mercy on his soul.

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    • Howard
      July 23, 2011
      10:45 pm
       

      Joshua, I might have said it differently but I have to agree with you completely.

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      • Kumah
        September 4, 2012
        9:37 am
         

        How strange polpee are (in general!). Of course holiness and justice must be intimately connected, so to protest in good faith, to promote the common good, and to do it non-violently, must be holy.

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  • Tabitha
    June 19, 2011
    5:54 pm
     

    All of you are thinking, hoping, saying, but not doing enough. Start calling your congressmen/women every day,every day asking them to demand an answer from the president, “president Obama, by your actions of recognizing the Hamas-Fatah terrorist alliance, you are enabling them to ermanently establish themselves in Jerusalem to destroy Israel. Mr. Obama, how can we have Americans supporting a terrorist initiative – thereby going against the very Constitution that we have sworn to protect and defend?’
    When we can get Obama to admit that he’s working against Israel (also against the US), then there can be changes in our administration and behavior. otherwise, we will destroy ourselves too, to Islam.

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    • Fred
      April 28, 2012
      5:53 am
       

      What do you expect from someone who can’t even show us a real birth certificate. If Mr. Obama is a Christian then what the hell is he praying with the Mouslems for. I think we are seeing a good example of how the Anti-Christ will appear,and seaze power. Far to many people in this country like the president. He is not what he seems to be.

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  • George
    June 14, 2011
    9:51 pm
     

    Isreal must live! Isreal Will survive.

    Hosanna, Hosanna Isreal will triumph!

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  • Tabitha
    June 14, 2011
    8:34 pm
     

    Assymetrical warfare is a tactic of blame, used only for Israel. During all the wars I’ve ever heard of, the terms has never been used before. And, when Israel became a state in May, 1948, did anyone consider the assymetrical aspects of 7 Islamic countries attacking the fledgling state of Israel? No one spoke up against that kind of assymetry. The Arabs attack, and claim victimization. They lose wars, and never admit they’ve lost. They slaughter, kill, stone women, chop hands and feet, decapitate, and call themselves the Religion of Peace. it’s time our world woke up to Islam, before it defeats all of us.

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    • Glenn
      September 13, 2011
      1:56 pm
       

      Tabitha… The term is used in the Special Operations realm all over the world. It is a relatively new term to describe accurately a specific type of
      unconventional warfare. Ask any Spec Op guy…

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      • John
        November 8, 2011
        3:06 am
         

        An excellent introduction to the concept of “asymmetrical warfare” is Col. Thomas X. Hammes’ book “The Sling and the Stone”. In describing the evolution of this type of warfare Hammes shows the connection of the jihadists to earlier groups such as the Viet Cong. Israel’s enemies are inextricably linked to many other enemies of the West–especially those who seek the destruction of the United States.

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    • ROBIN
      January 27, 2013
      8:05 pm
       

      tHE PRESIDENT IS A TRAITOR TO THE aMERICAN cONSTITUTION.

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  • Barbara
    June 7, 2011
    8:50 am
     

    I also Stand with Isreal & Pray – Pray – Pray – stay in the word

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  • Verus
    June 6, 2011
    12:18 pm
     

    In my heart of hearts I believe America’s only imperative is to back Israel 100% and retain her as our most staunch ally; we as nations are joined at the hip suffering together in the heart; GO ISRAEL

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  • Verus
    June 6, 2011
    12:14 pm
     

    Anyone ever read the incredible story of President Harry Truman’s secret aid to the Israeli’s at the earliest beginnings of the Arab onslaught to murder the Israelis.. on the eve of…Harry sent cargo

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  • Hill
    April 21, 2011
    8:06 am
     

    I’ve read all the comments up to the Present and I just see ALL of us as Family because we will stand or fall, defending Israel and her people! True Christians who know the Lord and KNOW and Love HIS WORD, KNOW that Standing Up for Israel is EXPECTED of us..period! God Bless and Continue To Protect Her! !
    These maggots who surround Israel, those HIDING under the banner of a ‘religion’ called Islam, are led by “their father, satan!” Mohammad was led by satan and so are his ‘children’ today. It is the only reason why this ‘savagery’ we see today, could even be thought of! Many of us here in the “States” LOVE Israel deeply and we rely on the strength of Prayer, as our weapon of support of Her! The total abandonment of moral values, the murders, the total HATE, the Lying, the Cheating, Seeing “Parents”(?) so ‘devil controlled’ to be willing to sacrifice their children, watching as they strap on a belt of death, and then see these “Parents(?)” screaming Praises and being oh so PROUD of them, ONLY A DEVIL CONTROLLED SPIRIT COULD DO SUCH THINGS! !
    “Islam” is NOT a religion of any sort, rather it is a POLITICAL MOVEMENT, parading around all these years as this so called ‘religion’!
    I would just ask our Israeli Family to try to find some Peace and Comfort in knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that “God’s WORD is TRUE” and HE WILL SEE “ALL” OF THESE ATROCITIES, THESE MURDERER’s AND THEIR FAMILIES, JUDGED! I will continue to Pray that all of these ‘devils’ BURN in the Lake of Fire For ALL ETERNITY for their Black Hearts and Totally Evil Minds! hill

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    • Verus
      June 6, 2011
      12:03 pm
       

      You have made a grand statement that is both appealing to the conscience and to heart; without a doubt Israel’s ethical stance has given her God’s stamp of approval for, indeed, Islam is geo-political

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  • Stephen
    March 10, 2011
    10:56 am
     

    Actually, in the 1967 war, it was the Arabs who had all of the new, superior equipment. According to an Israeli Army officer who spoke to us at the Jewish Community Center in Denver in the mid 70′s, the Israelis had older stuff, but knew it well and kept it maintained; that was how they defeated the Arab forces. That has always been a lesson to me that older, well-maintained and understood equipment can sometimes be more valuable that the newer stuff, which may not be as well understood.

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    • Verus
      June 6, 2011
      12:11 pm
       

      Do you recall that that “inferior” weaponry Israel commanded were indeed purchased abroad, but they were “sophisticated weaponry purchased abroad and developed at home.” They improved what they had.

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  • David
    February 16, 2011
    9:02 pm
     

    I am a Christain. Isreal is our most important friend. We must love our enemies but we must understand that the Arabic community will never except the state of Israel. I wish Israel would have held on to Jeruselum . The Arabic community I tell you will never accept Israel.
    We must understand this as Americans.
    God Bless Israel.

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  • Ann
    December 26, 2010
    5:14 pm
     

    I a Christian from America with a Muslim Palestinian husband… I am very confused on what to believe about the war, and feel like Im betraying my husband if I side with Israel but betraying my God if I don’t. Can anyone please easy my mind on this matter?

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    • alton
      May 17, 2011
      7:09 pm
       

      get your husband to convert to CHRIST.why did you marry a muslim palestian in the first place? it’s better to offend your husband than to offend CHRIST!for GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten SON that who so ever believeth on HIM should not perish but have everlasting life.st.john3:16 PRAY for the PEACE of JERUSALEM.

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    • Paul
      June 26, 2011
      9:36 pm
       

      Pray and read 2Corinthians6:14-18. My heart goes out to you. I ask God to give you Peace and wisdom. May He guide you ,lead you and direct you.

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    • David
      July 15, 2011
      4:16 am
       

      Dear Ann I am jewish and I love people. If your Husband respects you regardless his or your religion he will understand your beleifs, and you must keep your principles.

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    • Marcalan
      September 2, 2011
      4:44 am
       

      Dear Sister Ann,
      I pray,with the time that has passed,our Lord Jesus has calmed your heart. I was shocked with the harshness & judgements being passed among so many of our bretheran.It is obviously easier to believe than to both believe & follow. It is precious of you to ask among us, but the answers you seek are still all in the Word of the New Covenant. The instruction of both Old & New Testaments are not in conflict in respect to what God asks of you regarding Israel. May your husband see the Glory of God through your obediance to our Lord Jesus in the Love you offer to all through him. I pray the Peace of God be with you. You have already shown that you have taken your first steps in the right direction in that you seek. The Word holds the answer. Jesus Bless You.

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    • Glenn
      September 13, 2011
      2:04 pm
       

      Dear Ann… How do you like the idea of being a slave, or treated as an inferior? The facts are in girl… this is the way the muslims view their women. If you travel over there you’ll see!!

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    • Linda
      November 4, 2011
      7:02 am
       

      The answer is Pray! Pray for your husband and keep silent in the home concerning the matter and pray to Your God!

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    • Teresa
      April 6, 2012
      11:31 pm
       

      Mrs. Ann , You need To Pray to God. The God ,and creator of all human beings. This is your God, Israels God ,And the God, and LORD, Of christians ,and All things Living. Look Up! Look around you! Do you think any human being could create any of what you see? Look at the complexity of your own self healing human body. Do you think any human has created you? Pray for the conversion of your husband. Pray for him , and your family. God is Love. He is not a God that commits anything that is Evil of any kind. Don’t be confused.

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  • Christopher
    December 6, 2010
    1:01 pm
     

    Isaiah 62:1 “For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

    v.2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.”

    Isaiah 62:6 “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,

    v.7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”

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    • ROBIN
      January 27, 2013
      8:41 pm
       

      MAY GOD BLESS ALL WHO ARE ISRAELS DESCENDANTS, BOTH HEBREWS AND CHRISTIANS WHO ARE BOTH THE SAME.JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS AS A JEW AND DESERVES THE STATUS OF A MATYR FOR ALL PEOPLE OF JEHOVAH!

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  • willy
    November 25, 2010
    9:04 am
     

    How was world war two fought? They bombed cities and did not worry about killing men, women, or children. These people kill the men, women, children if they hide behind them then you have to kill who they hide behind. I know I sound hard. You have to do what you have to do to protect your people. Those young children will go to heaven.

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  • Joseph
    November 21, 2010
    7:31 am
     

    I think Israel is the symbol of grteat survival and incredible resilience of its people. If Israel is to vanish from th face of the earth then humanity m ight as well vanish with it. Israel is a state that has emerged out of the trauma…out of the ashes of inocent children and adults who have prished during the Papal Inquisition, during the Pogroms of the Eastern Europe, and during the Nazi Holocoust. There is one spiritual phenomenon that is yet to be accomplished. And that is Catholic Church needs to apologise for dispossessing the Jewish people of their lineage to Jesus Christ. Once that will happen Judaic-Christian aliance will form a new order for the world to be a peaceful and tolerant place.

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  • Clyde
    November 13, 2010
    10:42 am
     

    I hate to be the one to point this out, But Israel is going to fall(read revelation) and phillistine(Gasa) will be a thorn in her side till the END of TIME. Sorry I meant palistine. She will be surrounded by her enemy’s, And don’t forget the kings of the North &the South

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    • alton
      May 17, 2011
      7:18 pm
       

      clyde you are wrong!read in daniel and revelation,the GREAT JEHOVAH will destroy those who come against ISRAEL.russia will be turned back and join china in the battle and GOD will put a hook in their jaws to draw them into the worst and last battle on this earth,blood will run up to the horses bridles,prepare to meet GOD,don’t be left behind,call upon HIM while you have time.

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  • wanda
    October 7, 2010
    3:40 pm
     

    Father, i ask in the name of Jesus to rise and scatter the enemy. I pray that our country america does everything in its power to protect Israel.If america fails to help Israel, our own country will be destroyed. Please American people, get educated on what Israel means to God and to us.

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  • George
    August 15, 2010
    1:40 pm
     

    Well, as long as Israel and to some extent the United States continue to fight on terms set forth by the enemy, at best its going to be a draw at a very high price or Loose the war. Loosing the war is not a thing I would wish to see, nor is an endless draw the answer , Ron has it right. How about just crushing this people and the Nation States that support them in a manner were they ask for terms or face oblivion. In the end its all about deciding if the Nations ie Israel and the United States are worth defending.

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    • alton
      May 17, 2011
      7:22 pm
       

      your theology is wrong!it’s not a choice,we must assist ISRAEL if we want GOD to bless america,we are to pray for the peace of JERUSALEM,read GOD’S word,it’s true!

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    • Fred
      April 28, 2012
      6:41 am
       

      THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN SOON. THE BEST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN TO THE MOSULEMS WOULD BE TO TURN THEM OVER TO THE “SS” AND THEN LET THEM DECIUDE IF THE HOLOCAUST HAPPENED OR NOT.

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  • Ron
    August 6, 2010
    7:58 am
     

    DISPROPORTIONATE RESPONSE?
    Peace through superior firepower would be my response to that charge. When Japan bombed pearl Harbor, the president didnt’ say he would bring those responsible to justice, he said “we will bring Japan to her knees”. We did just that. May Israel bring the arab thug states to theirs.

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  • SAMSON
    July 30, 2010
    6:42 am
     

    Very grateful for this educative write-up which has broaden my knowledge about the whole issue.
    ISREAL from time immemorial and going by bible records, is a nation after God’s heart with His Purpose. Afterwards, it is written in the Bible….If God be for us…who shall be against us…..Basically NO ONE!!
    Surely they shall gather but because their gathering is not of God (i.e not in the purpose of God) they shall scartered.
    Anyway, He never leaves His people He is still there on His throne,unchangeable in His power & might. I’M sure is in control at His time, which I think is sooner than expected, He will show Himslef forth as supreme, Let even the whole wide world decline the truth, I have assurances that His words is irreversibly a law that cannot go back to him void….as in His word Isreal I love…..
    My dearly beloved people in Isreal nation, Our God is about declaring His supremacy for the world to see His affection on the Isreal nation. Though crying may endure in the night, joy commeth in the morning. Peace unto you all, the people of Almighty God.

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    • M
      August 4, 2010
      3:43 pm
       

      Israel has the right to fight any terrorist group(s) or cell in any ways it can defend its self form an attack.

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    • alton
      May 17, 2011
      7:26 pm
       

      AMEN and AMEN ! pray for the peace of JERUSALEM.

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  • Nancy
    July 28, 2010
    1:37 pm
     

    I saved this link and reread it again today..I also posted earlier but wanted to read any further comments so revisited….To this day I can’t understand how so many can be so blind to the tactics of these so called Palestinian monsters, these followers of the ‘so called religion of Islam’…To me they are evil self serving people who have no sense of right or wrong even after, supposidly in the past, given so much to civilization. Islam has degraded into a sect of death and dying and depravity.

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  • lydie
    July 26, 2010
    4:56 am
     

    I am really happy to learn much about the people of our Lord. I have always stood up for Israel and I’ve been praying for its army without knowing exactly how it functions. I think all the Christians around the world should join hands to pray for this army and the people because their constant victory upon enemies will be a tangible proof of the power of our Lord — and by this the enemies will abandon their constant persecution.

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  • Ruth
    July 10, 2010
    2:58 pm
     

    This is a wonderful article. So informing and lets
    us see what Israel has to deal with. God tells us to stand up for Israel for if we don’t, God will not stand up for us. I love Israel and pray that God will protect His people as He says in His word.
    God Bless.

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  • Terry
    June 30, 2010
    10:16 am
     

    Israel needs to defend its self it is terrible that others think its ok to use children or the old to defend its military or even to attack others that are civilians. As for the world to agree with Israelis tack its not up to the other nations to agree but up to God to agree for his word He Loves Israel and we are to pray for peace in Israel

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  • Ellen
    June 27, 2010
    10:19 pm
     

    Our church is always on watch and in prayer for Israel. Thanks for the information. God bless Israel!

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  • Gregory
    June 4, 2010
    11:16 pm
     

    This is a great article, with a wealth of information. The struggle for the survival of Israel is our struggle – we will not leave you in the lurch. I have always loved Israel, and will always do. The Islamic jihadists have made it clear, time and again, that Christians and Jews don’t have the right to life, and must be annihilated. Once they achieve this diabolical objective, Islam will then rule the world! But we will never surrender. Go on Israel – lead this epic battle against the real ‘infidels’, for it’s the Lord of Hosts who train your hands for war. The Mighty Man of War is our champion in this war against the Arabs/Philistines.

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  • Ramon
    June 4, 2010
    10:14 am
     

    I believe God called on Abraham. God promised Abraham’s decedents to multiply like the grains of the sand, and to become great nations. I believe the U.S.A., Great Britain, & other nations, are comprised of the lost tribes of Israel. The Tribe of Judah (Jews) & The Levis (religious leaders) were the only ones not to lose their identity. They still speak the Hebrew Language today. Israel is under divine protection & can never be defeated. How can people dare to go against God’s chosen people. Israel will always be in my prayers.

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  • Roland
    March 8, 2010
    3:00 am
     

    “Evil shall slay the wicked. And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.” (Psalms 34:21)
    What we are witnessing now is one of the most evil kinds of warfare attempted by these fanatical Islamic militants to destroy Israel by targeting the population in order to weaken the resolve of the people and the IDF.
    Never fear, O Israel, the God of Israel will not abandon you and nor leave you at the mercy of your enemies. He will ensure that Israel will be victorious so that His name shall be glorified over all the earth!!

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  • Harriet
    March 4, 2010
    7:45 am
     

    It is indeed good to be informed of Israel’s stand on its aggressors and the defence they always put up. I stand with Israel because that is God’s requirement of me as a believer and because of the love for Israel my late father cultivated in me as a young child. My prayers will always be with Israel, God’s chosen people.

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  • Wilson
    February 27, 2010
    10:20 am
     

    God’s word will never change. He promised to fight and overcome the enemies of Israel. At God’s given time those terrorists will be history.

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  • John
    February 22, 2010
    4:23 pm
     

    I firmly believe in this article, and wholeheartedly support the nation of Israel. I am continually held in awe by the spririt of the nation and it’s ability to stand despite the hostility it faces on a daily basis.

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  • Anietie
    February 20, 2010
    4:34 am
     

    My study of the Old Testament (Covenant) has proof that, GOD has given to the Israeli the secret of warfare, science, and technology; therefore, I don’t think any force both in heaven and earth can overpower the Jews. The Muslim/ Arab world are just wasting their time and resources against the Jews, they can never, ever succeed. GOD bless Israel abundantly. Amen.

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    • Debra
      October 7, 2011
      7:05 pm
       

      Free knowledge like this doesn’t just help, it promote dceomracy. Thank you.

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  • Victor Smith
    January 18, 2010
    2:57 pm
     

    Thank you for a great article. It only shows how Israel knows how to defind itself despite what others say! All right thinking people should learn this. God save Israel!

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  • Shirley
    January 15, 2010
    11:33 am
     

    I love Israel. I do not understand how anyone calling themselves Christians could not support Israel in her defense.

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    • Esther
      November 28, 2010
      4:19 pm
       

      I don’t understand either how anyone can claim to be a Christian and not support Israel. These same people who are trying to destroy Israel have also targeted the ‘Christian’ Western nations as well: Canada and the US.

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    • ghid
      September 25, 2011
      5:58 am
       

      Don’t worry America, Israel is behind you…
      No nation in the world that has the might of Israel’s forces. God can raise again another David, Samson, Joshua, Moses, Gideon, to defend His people in this last days. It has been pronounced victory is ours. Have Faith in God.

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  • Norman
    January 15, 2010
    11:13 am
     

    Paraphrasing; God said those who stand with Israel stand with God those who stand against Israel stand against God. Nations will continue to attack Israel by terror and other means thinking that they can and will destroy God’s chosen people. Israel has had to stand with little help from the outside world with the exception of the U.S. as a major friend. In spite of the world view Israel will not fall and God has stepped in on many occasions to protect Israel. They will not fall. They have a powerful army and anti terrorist group. They will never be defeated.

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    • Esther
      November 28, 2010
      4:15 pm
       

      Not to criticize your country, but the U>S. really isn’t a very good friend to Israel. What we see and hear on the media isn’t always the way things really are behind the scenes. Sorry to disappoint you.

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      • TerryLove1
        April 6, 2012
        11:59 pm
         

        miss Esther, You Need to know we are Allllll behind Israel ,as christians Who Love Jehovah God creator of all the universe, the heavens above your head, and the earth you stand on.We all support Israel. message to all.These people were chosen by God to bring His Holy Devine Word to all people. We have the Holy Bible. Read it. It’s a heart strenghtener,and an it will transform your thinking. As Christians we stand with the All Mighty, creator of all the Beautiful Flowers, and trees you see Blooming this spring right in front of you all around you. We stand with God. The earth never stops it’s growing cycle, or season changes. God set this.

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  • Jeffrey
    January 15, 2010
    12:26 am
     

    Thank you for sharing this news! Israel is always on my prayer!
    If God is before Israel; who can be against Israel?
    God bless Israel!

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  • Penny
    October 28, 2009
    1:17 pm
     

    THis is a very good article. Thanks

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    • Nancy
      July 23, 2010
      5:32 am
       

      Having been a follower and supporter of Israel and all that she stands for for decades, I believe this article tells it as it is/was/and continues to be. It’s just terrible that so many who condemn Israel don’t even bother to find out all that has happened since it’s inception. All the times the so called Palestinians were offered good terms for their own state — and time after time refused. The truth is, these people want Israel to disappear, and I feel that even when/if they get their own state/country they will continue to build up their arms or dissendents and try over and over again to destroy Israel.

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      • Michele
        September 5, 2010
        3:17 pm
         

        The article was informative. Gos has chosen Israel as HIS Bride. The Islamic terrorists are Evil, and do not follow the TRUE GOD, the Father of the Jews and Christians.Israel needs to use whatever tactic, or measures She needs to control these savages. Jerusalem is the Jewish peoples. The country cannot afford to give any more of Her land for the sake of peace. They will take and never give. One important part of Gods Word is in Genesis 16:9-12 “The angel said, Go back to Sarai and be her slave. I will give you a son, who will be called Ishmael, because I have heard your cry for help. And later I will give you so many descendent’s that no one will be able to count them all. But your son will live far from his relatives; he will be like a wild donkey, fighting everyone, and everyone fighting him”. These are Muslim people, descendent’s of Ishmael and Mohammad. God will never let the Islamic countries or terrorist win over HIS BRIDE NEVER.

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        • Sharon
          September 8, 2010
          9:52 pm
           

          Michelle, you are so right on!! Thank you for your post…I couldn’t have said it better….God’s word says it all….no opinions needed…just the truth of His word. Look forward to meeting you some day at the wedding feast in Heaven!! God Bless you sister!! In Christ, Sharon

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        • Amy
          December 21, 2010
          4:03 am
           

          I agree with what you say, however, Israel is Gods wife, Christians are the bride, according to all that I have studied. Peace to you, and Pray for Israel.

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