20/6/2012 Arie Egozi - .israeldefense.com
Where is the IDF's response? Where was the Iron Dome system yesterday? Is the system being positioned only according to intelligence information? And if so, is there any? Arie Egozi asks for clarifications to several important questions
“The IDF does not want an escalation,” “The IDF is examining the whole range of responses.” What do some of the military writers mean when they recite these lines by the IDF Spokesperson? Is the fire of tens of rockets towards Israel not an escalation? Isn’t it clear to any military corporal what the appropriate response is to massive fire on civilians?
Who comes up with these lines that are recited by someone coming to a studio with nothing to say?
“The air force hit Hamas targets in Gaza.” If the IDF has good intelligence in Gaza, then the current round of violence, and its predecessors, represent a good opportunity to eliminate or at least reduce the number of long-range rockets in Hamas’s possession. Is this being done?
Who is the scholar that determined that houses are protected up to a range of 4.5 kilometers from the Gaza Strip? Do those that live in a slightly larger range have to seek shelter near their house's bathrooms? Doesn't this decision put the statements by the heads of the country, of how "their hearts are with the residents of the south," to ridicule?
What did the Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich mean when he said, “Israel must strike Hamas with all its might,” when he arrived to the scene where Magav policemen were hurt from a rocket? Who decides such things? If he’s a government minister and he has no influence over things, then what exactly is he doing there?
Where was the Iron Dome system yesterday, and why did we not hear of successful interceptions? Why is there suddenly no defense against the rockets? Is the system being positioned solely according to intelligence information? If so, then was there any such information?
So many questions, and these are just some of them.
What other country in the world would be willing to absorb barrages of tens of rockets per day, and react against the launchers like the Vatican guard? What other country has taken the notion of deterrence and turned it into thin air? What is happening to all the past and present generals debating what needs to be done for hours? Who is scaring them? Who is silencing them when hundreds of thousands are taking refuge in shelters in the south?
And in conclusion – would the situation have changed drastically if, heaven forbid, a rocket had hit the heart of Tel Aviv? Are there citizens in Israel that are worth more and those that are worth less? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way.