Predictable Israeli fiasco
Avi Trengo calls for Barak’s dismissal over miserable handling of Gaza-bound flotilla
Avi Trengo, Ynet, 5.31.10
The Gaza-bound protestors would not dare behave that way
vis-à-vis the Turkish, American, or even Italian Navy. Despite
In a previous article, I urged Defense Minister Ehud Barak to weigh his steps carefully and utilize the
So how would any other navy enforce a naval blockade? First, a clear warning in English: Turn back or we shall fire. Next, A shot across the bow – a last warning to show the seriousness of our intentions. Finally, firing at the vessel’s propeller, in a bid to paralyze the ship’s sailing and steering capabilities.
Only then, and only after allowing the ship to be tossed from side to side under the sun, the time would come for taking over the vessel using massive force: Clearing away the decks using water hoses, splashing oil on its windows, ramming into the vessel, and finally staging the takeover.
This is how any self-respecting Navy would conduct itself.
However, there is only one problem here: The utilization of force and fire,
which is precisely what Barak wanted to avoid. He
feared the images, and therefore ordered the takeover to get underway at early
morning hours, much before the ships crossed into
What did you expect, Barak?
The approach chosen by Barak is weak and conveys a sense of a weakness. This was the case in previous military clashes, for example, during the period of time ahead of Operation Cast Lead. Barak threatened to seal off the Gaza Crossings, but opened them a day later.
In the face of this weakness, various organizations are
daring to rise up against
Recipe for regional disaster
The result of using force in the wrong case and to the wrong extent and the outcome of ordering soldiers to conduct themselves “sensitively” create the complete opposite – Israel loses its deterrent power, Israeli troops are perceived as weak, and when they encounter real distress the immediate response is the utilization of violence that makes us look very bad.
Yet what looks like Israeli brutality and stupidity has
strategic implications: It creates a situation whereby
Yet Barak is not the only guilty
party. We also have a confused Israeli government (thanks to Netanyahu) and the
sense within the Arab world that the
However, it’s not too late yet. Netanyahu can announce the
immediate dismissal of Ehud Barak. He is at fault for
the incident. Netanyahu can also announce a change in Barak’s
policy of a
Just like we do not impose a blockade on