Guest Post by JoeSettler
Wow. I am stunned by the amazing strategic and tactical skills of our political and military echelons.
Israeli sources are saying that PA troops in the West Bank are now well trained and it isn't guaranteed that Hamas will immediately defeat them when the IDF pulls out and hands over "security".
Of course, the same source says that the PA hasn't really done anything real to fight terror and the terrorists (as we define the term, though in terms of PA troops attacking and killing Israeli civilians, they're doing quite fine).
(My sources say they are still poorly trained and aren't ready to fight Hamas if they actually wanted to).
While a minor (actually almost no) uproar was created when it was announced that the IDF will be moving one of its southern bases out of the Gaza missile range, they've now gone even one step further.
Welcome to Southern Lebanon in Southern Israel.
The IDF (and government) has decided that it can't defend the crossing stations as-is, so they are considering creating a buffer zone of a few kilometers (like we had in Southern Lebanon).
They will move the crossings EASTWARD, and create the buffer zone OUTSIDE of Gaza.
I almost feel sorry for the settlements that will now find themselves inside the newly created Gaza buffer zone. Almost, because who told those settlers to move there in the first place?
So there you have it, Ehud Barak has managed to truly redefine IDF doctrine from top to bottom, and it can be summed up in two words, "RUN AWAY".
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד