Israeli Forces along Jordan River May Face Enemies from East and West

(Jerusalem Post) Brig.-Gen. (res.) Oded Tira - Israel must maintain a strategy that will guarantee its security from the east. To do this, three capabilities are required: 1) The ability to eradicate terrorist infrastructures in Judea and Samaria at their very inception. 2) The ability to fight terrorism when it does succeed in operating from there, and to strike it in its home base. 3) The ability to stop the incursion of expeditionary and other forces from east of the Jordan. The whole world has begun to adopt the characteristics of guerrilla warfare. In order to prevent Israel from being potentially paralyzed by short-range rocket fire from the east; terrorist attacks into the coastal plain; or the sabotaging of Israeli forces moving toward the Jordanian border, we must control the relevant territories. When we plan our defense along the Jordan River against forces from the east, we cannot neglect the main enemy, which will be located west of our forces, that is, behind us, in Judea and Samaria. In order to prevent the establishment of a terrorist infrastructure there, the IDF must have freedom of movement and be present throughout the entire area. The writer is a former commander of the IDF Artillery Corps.

2020-07-09 00:00:00

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