From the recordings of former Defense Minister Ehud Barak, we can conclude that Israel’s security chiefs – all of them – IDF, Mossad, Shabak – represent a strategic threat to Israel’s security.
On the eve of the Six Day War, Israel was facing an existential threat. PM Eshkol and his cabinet deliberated. The security apparatus had planned a scheme that was wild by any measure – to send Israel’s entire air force – in total radio silence – to fly tree-height on a long flanking trajectory that would use every bit of the planes’ fuel – and to attack the Egyptian Air Force from Cairo and not Tel Aviv. Then, the planes were to return, fuel up and start the war.
It was a mad gamble that could easily have left Israel with no air force, making it a soft target for the Arab armies aligned at its borders.
The cabinet hesitated, deliberated – and the generals pushed to go through with the plan. They convinced the government ministers that it was possible, projecting self-confidence and high morale. At a certain stage, they even threatened to quit if they would not be allowed to attack.
Each side performed its real duty. The civilian leadership weighed all the factors, though and then thought again. The military leadership was raring to go and gave the Nation’s leaders the confidence and tools to implement their plan.
The Barak tape makes it clear (endorsing what I have been saying for a very long time) that today, the situation is just the opposite. Even when the civilian leadership already understands that there is no choice but to attack, the security horses – not only do not lunge forward but on the contrary – dig their hooves deep into the ground – like stubborn mules.
This time, the threats to quit or disobey orders (the Chief of Staff and Mossad Chief) were not made in the eventuality that Israel would not take action. Just the opposite: they threatened to quit in the eventuality that the order to attack would be given.
The problem here is not corruption or lack of good will. Likewise, it is not because the top security chiefs lack experience, personal talent or impressive records of self-sacrifice and personal action. The problem is that the “peace industry”, which developed parallel to the Oslo Accords, entangled the State of Israel in a thick, impermeable layer of politicians, judges, legal advisors, creators, media personalities, businesspeople and more who serve the new agenda. They are tools in the hands of the new consciousness, the new ‘politically correct, which identifies any identity or meaning as the enemy.
The peace industry focused first on Israel’s security apparatus. From the very begin of the Oslo process, the peace industry made sure to incorporate senior security officials for meetings and discussions with the terrorist chiefs committed to destroying Israel.
Whoever did not cooperate – was filtered out of the system.
Whoever bent his head and went along with the hoax – was promoted.
All the basic truths that had been the guiding light for the security apparatus until then: Zionism, love of the Land, justice of the cause and more – were obliterated. Has anybody recently heard a senior IDF official use the word, “victory”? All that you will hear from them is “fulfilling our duties”.
The IDF, the Shabak, the Mossad and Israel’s Police have all become some sort of neutral force to ‘keep the peace.’ They do not represent any type of ideal or any morsel of justice.
When Tel Aviv endured rocket attacks last summer, I asked the Chief of Staff (whom I respect – and judging by the declarations that he has recently made, seems to be catching on to the existence of the problem) – who is the enemy? Eisenkott was not able to give a clear answer.
The State that flees its identity has designed its army to have no identity. If you do not know who you are, you cannot identify your enemy and you certainly cannot win a war.
If the report on Israel’s Channel 2 about how the decision not to attack Iran was made is correct, then the debate on an extremely fateful, existential issue for Israel was carried out in a cigar-smoke filled room with tables laden with culinary delights.
Actually, why not? When nothing has any meaning, everything turns into a calculation of capabilities, statistics, amounts, probabilities and technologies. The prime minister did not rise to the occasion and make the participants keenly aware of the historic significance of that fateful moment. He was busy trying to gain the support of two of his ministers before the deliberation began. Netanyahu was busy with politics, the generals were busy with technicalities and everybody lost their fighting spirit.
At the end of the Six Day War, Israel refused to recognize its own justice and allowed its Biblical heartland to be defined as ‘occupied territories.’ In Oslo, Israel went one major step further. Not only did we not recognize our justice, but we recognized the justice of the enemy that claims that this Land is theirs.
From that point on, the ‘peace industry’, which advances the careers of those who toe its line, became a decadent industry. Generals who gather in cigar-smoke filled rooms and refuse to perform their duties are its final result.
But there is also some good news: Technically, the IDF is stronger than ever. And much more important – we have never had such wonderful and dedicated soldiers and field commanders.
Now all that we need is leaders who will return us to ourselves.