Thursday, June 22, 2006

The IAF is Always Learning

This past week three different targeted assasination attempts in Gaza included civilian casualties. This unfortunate and regrettable fact is of course being used by various forces in order to pressure the IAF to stop this type of operation.

Whether or not you agree with this, I found in very interesting to see how the Israel Air Force has reacted to these type of incidents, and to see just how much they have learned.

Yaakov Katz has a good analysis here in the Jerusalem Post, where he details how the IAF is developing more accurate munitions, and how they try to learn from the mistakes of the past.

What I personally find much more interesting, though, is how they have learned to deal with the local press. I have read the articles in all of the English web sites, and I listened to two separate interviews on IDF radio of pilots who have done targeted assasinations.

Both pilots were interviewed by female, left leaning reporters. They both were asked, over and over, how the pilots felt about killing civilians. Both pilots spoke calmly and clearly, and basically said the same thing: "We feel badly about civilian casualties, but we know that we take every precaution humanly possible to avoid them, and if we stop our operations altogether it means civilians on our side will be hurt or killed."

It is obvious to me that the reporters are looking for another Dan Halutz moment. Halutz was interviewed after bombing the apartment building where a Hamas leader was killed, and asked how he felt about the civilians killed then too. The reporter repeated the question, and when he was asked again what he felt when he dropped the bomb, he retorted that he felt a small movement under his seat when the bomb fell. (Sort of the Israeli version of "you are stuck on stupid"). The left went wild at this, and even tried to get him thrown out of the Air Force by going to the Surpeme Court. It is particularly galling to them that he is now the IDF Chief of Staff.

The IAF was also careful to emphasize that if they cannot use this type of operation, then their only other alternative is to plan a major ground offensive, which means moving in troops to the northern part of Gaza. Less than a year after the disengagement, this would be an admission of failure for those who pushed it so hard, and both the left and the IAF knows this.A subtle, but persuasive, way of telling the media to tone it down.

10 Comments:

Anonymous saus said...

You should please submit this to abbagav and the HH if it is not yet shabbat by you.

4:25 PM, June 23, 2006  
Blogger KahaneLoyalist said...

What Halachic reasoning is there to say enemy civilian casualties are regrettable?

8:40 AM, June 25, 2006  
Blogger westbankmama said...

saus - I was very busy this week and didn't submit anything to HH

10:15 AM, June 25, 2006  
Blogger Osaid Rasheed said...

Hello...

I still dont know what happened after the IAF approved throwing that 500kg bomb on that building in gaza killing 17 women and children, and a "terrorist".
You are telling me that they are learning .. indeed they are!

International human organizations have reported that more than 70% of the victims inside the west bank and gaza are civillians, more than one third of these were children below 10 years old.

Learning does not come through using smarter amunition or missiles, learning comes through using more wisdom and thinking before we act.

Whatever those pilots said, that doesnt change the fact : civillians, and innocents, are being killed by almost EVERY operation for the IDf or IAF inside Gaza and west bank.

I do believe, as a palestinian, that IDF is not targeting civilians in any of the invasions or assasinations. But still this does not mean anything : civilians are being killed.

The horrible mistakes your government is doing come from the political positions of the state of Israel not from IDF.
They are the people who should start learning.
Dont you think so?

Oh , about us ( Palestinians ) ?? YES, we are doing more stupid mistakes.

1:07 AM, June 30, 2006  
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