...It is appropriate for the police to recall former Police Commander Alik Ron. Thanks to him the Galilee is still in the hands of Israel. At the same time, it is best to forget now the Orr Commission. The IDF and its soldiers are required to go back out and protect the citizens in the ordinary sense of the word. The campaign must also be on the ground, and the public should prepare itself for the victims. This also is not something new.
06 July '14..
Netanyahu is risking his leadership
Amnon Lord - Makor Rishon 6 July 2014
[IMRA translation with permission to translate and distribute from Amnon Lord]
If you are among the group of top security officials and passed the age of 50, the odds are good that you've seen everything. Or almost everything. The next round of violence, that you know for sure will come, is one that you have not yet seen. It is difficult to know what it will bring with it. But there is one sentence sitting on the shelf ready for such situations and it's the one that the veteran experts take with them to the studios: "You know how you go into war, but you do not know how to get out of it."
The news is that while the security elite veterans, especially those over age 60, have seen it all and are looking with an experienced weariness at the deterioration of the situation and know that nothing will change after this round, those lighting the Molotov cocktails on the Arab side remain always the same age. Not that they read the writings of the Minister of Finance, or Bob Dylan. But they are, "Young Forever". Between age 15 and 30. They are not tired like the former heads of Military Intelligence and the Shin Bet. And they throw Molotov cocktails, shoot and launch rockets like they were only born yesterday. They do not take into account the fact that the old timers have already seen it all since 1920.
So, you have to respond to them as if we haven't see anything. A quick and powerful strike in Gaza has become a necessity also to stem the flames on the outskirts of Jerusalem and Arab towns in the Triangle.
Prime Minister Netanyahu already entered a dangerous area of leadership. He is making a real effort to calm things down. He presented an ultimatum to Hamas, it is already difficult to remember when he gave it: cease-fire within 48 hours. That's exactly what Ehud Barak did as Prime Minister 14 years ago in the early days of the second intifada, when he presented an ultimatum to Arafat. He didn't honor his own ultimatum and his leadership disintegrated. The destruction and helplessness experienced by the Israeli public in September 2000 to the end of that year, with Barack at the top, the current defense minister serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and the current Chief of Staff Gantz serving as commander of IDF forces in Judea and Samaria, broke Barak's leadership and with it an entire group in the political system. This lesson must stand before Netanyahu and Ya'alon today.
Now the fire is burning along the seam lines within Israeli sovereignty. We do not see a rampage-style intifada in Hebron or other areas of Judea and Samaria. It is a sign that there is a guiding hand behind the riots...
This is the stage that police chiefs, ministers and top military brass should engage in less interpretation and talking and instead act. To respond in accordance with the response scenarios and with great force. It is appropriate for the police to recall former Police Commander Alik Ron. Thanks to him the Galilee is still in the hands of Israel. At the same time, it is best to forget now the Orr Commission. The IDF and its soldiers are required to go back out and protect the citizens in the ordinary sense of the word. The campaign must also be on the ground, and the public should prepare itself for the victims. This also is not something new.
Will the right-wing ministers understand that there are days when they must unite and not engage in an election campaign at the expense of the victims?
Prime minister and defense minister, make a decision. The nation will support you.