As almost always, cross-posted on JoeSettler
There is an article/video on A7 discussing the link between the brainwashing the soldiers underwent before the Hitnatkut and the failure to win in Lebanon. I too believe they are connected, but the article/video didn’t present their case very well.
From talking with soldiers back then, the further away they were from the inner-circle, the less brainwashing (sensitivity training) they underwent, and the more guilty they felt, and the more they wanted to do something to alleviate the guilt they felt.
That is in part how we snuck in the first time (until we finally got caught by some police officers whose apparent lack of guilty feelings we couldn’t work on).
Soldiers in the outer circles purposely looked away, or even actively helped us sneak through the barriers.
After the disengagement, while still in Gaza we met soldiers who broke down completely once they realized what they did.
One told us he didn’t understand before he went in as to the immensity of his actions and what the Gaza communities even looked like beforehand, and while he was there he couldn’t think, and only now that he had downtime, did he realize what he did and was involved in.
But clearly when the army is training and fulfilling political missions (or dare I say it, anti-Jewish missions), that means it does not train for its real mission of the defending the State and People of Israel against the real enemy.
Furthermore, it confuses the soldier as to who his enemy actually is and who it defintely isn't.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד