Monday, September 23, 2013

Back to Normal - Israeli Security

By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:

Benny Ganz, Israel's chief of staff, called a meeting with Nitzan Alon, his general in charge of central command.

Ganz needed a threat assessment.

Earlier in the day in the city of Hebron a Palestinian sniper hit and killed an Israeli soldier named Gal Kobi.
The chief of staff needed to understand if there was a flaw in security and if there is a flaw, he needs he needs to correct it. Israeli soldiers should not be picked off by snipers while on patrol.

The assassination of Kobi Gal is another shocking reminder of the gritty, day to day, risks taken by members of the IDF, the Israeli Defense Forces. It is a reminder of the fragility of what we so cavalierly call "Israeli security."

For weeks we have been focusing on global risks. Iran, Syria, the ramifications of a strike by the United States. Concern over global risks has overshadowed the daily risks and the daily threats that confront Israel.

This sniper attack was a rude re-awakening - tragic, unfortunate, but a necessary re-awakening. 

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