On June 25, 2018
Maj. Gen. Yitzhak Brick gave his annual report: there is a flight of career soldiers;
shortening of compulsory service; proliferation of tasks creating a heavy burden on service
men and women; prevalence of smart phone use in combat units; declining quality of medical treatment for soldiers.
He was concerned with the issues of performance, discipline and motivation.
Let's consider some of the reasons why the most motivated and intelligent soldiers on the
earth can be described as he does: Prior to the 1982 War in Lebanon an Israeli soldier who was captured expected to be rescued
by his comrades or through a commando raid. Yehuda Katz, Zachery Baumel and Zvi Katz were captured in 1982 and forgotten.
Ron Arad was captured a few years later and is another name on a new IDF list of statistics. Technological advancements
were introduced at the expense of tactics which once made the IDF famous throughout the
world. The tactics require great motivation, discipline and intelligence. And the soldiers
who perform so brilliantly need support from the IDF and their Government.
After the political consequence of the second War in Lebanon in 2006, fought
almost entirely in the air, had been decided, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ordered a last minute, ground invasion.
A military chief asked him how he would answer the parents of the 100 or so soldiers expected to die in this ill fated and
useless operation. Olmert said that it was a hard question and that he would need to think about it.
More recently, Elor Azaria, a soldier who killed a downed terrorist
on March 24, 2016, went through a horrible court martial. When the military court rejected his appeal, IDF Chief of General
staff Gadi Eizenkot said a request for a lighter sentence would be considered. This is the same Chief who said that Israeli
soldiers are not our children - a VAST CHANGE IN CONSCIOUSNESS INDEED since the terms of previous Chiefs of General Staff
such as David Elazar, affectionately known as Dado; and Raphael Eitan, known as Raful; and the others who knew their soldiers
as being indeed our children ! Soldier Elor Azaria should have been a name known ONLY to his immediate circle - PERIOD !
Additionally there is the sociopathic
Israeli Supreme Court which is hell bent on becoming one with the liberal world - a world
hell bent on destroying Israel ! As a result Israeli soldiers are asked to crawl into
booby trapped terrorist tunnels and walk into booby trapped terrorist buildings INSTEAD OF BLOWING
THEM UP WITH ARTILLERY OR BOMBS !!
More recently, Israel National News presented
the reasons many Israelis oppose the promotion of Major General Yair Golan to the
position of Chief of General Staff. At the 2016 Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, he said, "If there
is something that scares me about the memory of the Holocaust, it is the identification
of of horrifying processess that occurred in Europe in general and Germany in particular - 70, 80 and
90 years ago - and finding evidence of them here among us today." In 2006, he told students of the pre-military
program that he opposed killing Arabs who are not involved in terror even at the price of harm to IDF
soldiers. When moral equivalency erupts in the consciousness of a liberal writer we
can expect to have the idea contaminate others.
Western universities now have professors which have transformed colleges
into incubators of the mental disease of moral equivalency. The consequences are seen in our courts with judges who equate good with evil. The Bible
warns against this in Isaiah 5 : 20. However, when a nations military chiefs are infected, then the soldiers
and their families experience the horroric results and rightly
demand that the next Rav Aluf be sane. If he is not, then Israel's survival is jeopardized.
It used to be that an under qualified inductee
would have his parents use their influence - "protectzia" to get him into the Paratroopers.
Today the use of such influence is for other purposes. I WONDER WHY.