Perhaps in a move designed to warn the Syrian regime that it’s playing with fire if it continues allowing Nakba-Naksa style protests on the Golan Heights armistice line, the IDF website publicized an annual war game exercise which simulates war with Syria. It’s armored and engineering forces massed to mimic a Golan Heights attack on Syria and, according to the canned army-speak “accomplished [a more precise, and telling translation would be “conquered”] their objectives.” I don’t think a single soldier or commander asked himself what he would do once he reached Damascus, thus achieving his objective. Would Israel then set up a puppet regime and create new settlements even closer to Damascus? Perhaps Israel would bring a new democratic regime to Syria (à la Bush in Iraq), that is currently in the throes of rebellion?
A similar simulated war was conducted last year which I covered here.
What follows is a summary of the Hebrew version of the article, with but a small amount of “interpretation” interpolated by yours truly.
The story begins with a loving account of how the presence of an officer injured in the recent Nakba Day protests rallied the troops. No, not shot, injured by stone throwers, those wicked assassins. There was a chair for the wounded soldier’s resting foot and a worried doctor, but the officer treated it all as if nothing had happened. And of course there’s the requisite heroics about how during the Nakba Day “fight” the injured commander refused a medic’s attentions and only when the storm of battle was ended did he consent to treatment. And this dedication to the mission aroused nothing but admiration in the beating hearts of his men (of course).
Not a word about the 15 unarmed Syria-Palestinian demonstrators who were mowed down by IDF bullets.
Another “lightly wounded” officer describes (erroneously I might add) being confronted by “thousands” of Syrian demonstrators and quickly feeling “surrounded.” Of course he doesn’t mention that the IDF forces were quite distant from the victims when they opened fire. Otherwise, you might think that this was hand-to-hand combat like Jim Bowie at the Alamo. He continues (almost certainly exaggerating once more) that rocks rained down on his comrades for half an hour and that this tested their mettle as IDF soldiers, reminding them of why they trained. Yessir, one of the world’s allegedly finest fighting forces lives to face down stone-throwing Syrians and perform other acts of national deliverance on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people.
In a similar development, the Israeli navy has been practicing as well for its planned abduction of the human rights activists aboard the Gaza flotilla boats soon to set sail for Gaza. The military is telling the world media that every precaution will be taken to keep injuries to a minimum. Why there should be any is beyond me. Since nine were murdered last time, I suppose anything less would be a blessing (though given the mayhem in the Golan this may be wishful thinking).
In case any of you are wondering what the Israeli Embassy is tweeting just about now, of course they’re telling us about the stellar U.S. basketball talent that’s headed to…no, not Gaza, silly. But to good old Israel, of course.