“Havlaga” aka “restraint is strength” is an IDF doctrine introduced by leftist Professor Asa Kasher. Only a leftist would conjure up such drivel, totally devoid of nationalist ethos, albeit under the mantra of the “high, moral road”. Many citations read as follows, “Professor Asa Kasher is an Israeli philosopher and linguist working at Tel Aviv University, Israel. He is noted for authorship of Israel Defense Forces’s Code of Conduct. Professor Kasher has contributed also to fields of psychology and ethics and was awarded Israel Prize in 2000..”. For the record, the Israel Prize is generally (but not always) awarded to individuals whose bonafides are deeply aligned with the left. Hmm.
That being said, in practical terms, the above doctrine has allowed for Israel’s civil society “elites” – the real power brokers behind the elected government, regardless of its makeup (www.americanthinker.com/2012/06/the_paradox_of_israeli_politics_vote_right_get_left.html) – to pull the army back from victory, every time it gets close to winning. In other words, by injecting “limited” operations into the battlefield, the real action is in its “restraint”, even though the world screams that Israel is acting disproportionately. You got that? Generally, the IDF operates with one hand tied behind its back, all “credit” due to “havlaga”, an oxymoron of Orwellian proportions – a recipe for military disaster.
Nevertheless, even Israel’s “leading lights” recognize when the jig is up. With the region in unprecedented upheaval (that’s saying a lot for a perennial basket case), and with Iran near completion of its genocidal program, the notion of allowing “game changing” missile/weapon systems, plus chemical weapons, into Hizbullah’s (and other terror proxy) hands is a non-starter.
In light of the above, Fordow went “boom” – adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/28/israels-special-forces-sayeret-matkal-take-the-lead-fordow-goes-boom-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/…and no one, least of all Iran and proxies, should think this was a one off. So is it surprising to read that a “no-fly zone” is effectively locked in? Shouldn’t be.
‘Assad set on arms transfers to Lebanon. Israel responds with no-fly zone’
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2013,
Syrian ruler Bashar Assad has ordered the resumption of weapons transfers to the Lebanese Hizballah, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources report. This was agreed with Iran’s National Security Director Saeed Jalilee, who arrived in Damascus after Israel’s reported air strike last Wednesday, Jan. 30, inter alia, on Syrian trucks preparing to ferry to Lebanon for Hizballah the sophisticated Iran-supplied arms stored at the Jamraya military complex north of Damascus.
The Syrian ruler assured the Iranian official that he would not be deterred by what he called acts of “aggression.” It was up to Syria and Iran to put their heads together to find a safe method of getting the hardware across to Hizballah without exposing it to Israeli attack in truck convoys on the open road.
Jalilee is still in Damascus. He arrived Saturday to discuss with Syrian and Hizballah how to activate against Israel the secret mutual defense pact binding Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas.
According to our sources, Israeli military tacticians believe that as winter weather starts clearing up, Syria and Iran will devise crafty methods for outwitting Israel and getting the weapons to Lebanon – for example, disassembling the missiles and launchers and disguising them as non-lethal merchandize. They could then be spirited across from Syria to Lebanon in small packages by the smuggling rings regularly operating on their common border.
In anticipation of such tricks, the Israeli Air Force has in recent days thrown a round-the-clock blanket over the border area. It is constantly monitoring the traffic moving across and is ready to prevent any arms traffic. Without going through any formalities, Israel has thus effectively imposed a no-fly regime over a buffer zone straddling the Syrian-Lebanese border and placed it under the control of its air force.
Israeli officials have been warning for months that the IDF will not allow the transfer of advanced Syrian weapons – including chemical and biological weapons – to terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front and Hezbollah.
Without directly confirming the Israel attack on the Jamraya military compound, defense minister Ehud Barak told the Munich security conference Sunday “…what happened in Syria several days ago… that’s proof that when we said something we mean it… and we say that we don’t think it should be allowed to bring advanced weapons systems into Lebanon.”
Israel’s actions to this end, including over flights by its air force which are widely reported by the Lebanese media, were undertaken after Assad was seen to be bent on testing Israel’s resolve to prevent arms transfers to Hizballah. These transfers were expressly prohibited under UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which ended the Israeli-Hizballah war in 2006.
Truth be told, Israel’s leaders operate best when their backs are not only to the wall, but pushing towards the sea. Now, in clinical terms there are many ways to describe this pattern of behavior. Never mind. We will leave the diagnosis for another day, thereby, placing all of them on a collective psychiatric couch.
For now, let them just keep blowing up “this and that” and closing down the skies. We will send them to therapy (if necessary, kicking in some shekels in the process…it will be a sound investment) after they lead Israel to victory. FINALLY!