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Sunday, July 23, 2006




The mindset of my country

Letter to a lebanese friend. I am trying to explain the mentality of israel

i told him that IDF says that it can t stop katyushas , only reduce the rate at which they are fired

He responded by saying that IDF changed its speech. He said IDF claimed to able to stop them completely.

I replied that IDF would never promise anything like this. And this is how this letter was born.

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hi ****

fishing is very addictive ... thats why i dont do it because i got the idea - there would be no end to it if i start

about what the army said i can say - the army did nt change speech .. I never heard anything like this ...they are very consistent in what they say until now.. maybe this is how they talk to rabs or how nasrallah presents to arabs what israel says ...

it s not so common here that people would be bragging on the tv and talking nonsense when it comes to military matters....it would be immediately used to acuse one of incompetence ... its a serious
charge here ... if a military or politician is bluffing and then soldiers/civilians die this may be an end for the most brilliant carrier

being stupid is viewed here often more shameful than lack of courage ... its still quite jewish a country ... people here dont mind soldiers surrendering if they run out of ammunition .. soldiers here are instructed , in case they are captured , to try not to give up a sensitive information for a few days to let the army to rearrange things on the ground to make this information useless ... then they should say whatever would save their lives .. its a very different mentality here

its an instruction that everybody recieves here in the first days of military training ..u get caught - do anything u can to stay alive ... they ask u to go on tv and bash your country ??? do it ... sensitive military information ??? no problems .. just try to give the army time to cover its ass before u disclose secrets

but the main thing - u should stay alive ... no treason charges ... no pride and no courage ... they dont expect this from u ... u should be professional and stay alive , u r not kamikadze ...

nobody here says that hezbollah is just a rocket firing squad ... they are ideoogical and run social services ... the options are mostly eigher to hit them very hard and to discourage them from further kidnappings or to get the international community to disarm them (they gave up on the lebanese government now ) ... the outmost they are banking on - hezbollah would be disarmed and would switch to being a purely political force ...

nobody here would ever claim that he can crash in 2 weeks a guerilla movement in another country ... its so stupid that this person would be held an idiot to the last day of his life ... with hezbollah they have no illusions here ... they can only hit it hard and hit the shiites who host them ...

the israelis have some idea about their neighbors .. so they know how to make the right noises ...but its for the arab ears only....the internal discussion here is nothing u are used to in arab countries ...

the same thing with rockets ... they warned people from the beginning - it would be much worse this time and it won t stop until the political process would be switched into a high gear ...

once again... if anybody would say that he can stop it in 2 days and on the third they get somebody killed it would be a political scandal here .... people here are held very responsible for what they say when it comes to military matters and loss of life... so they always try to
lower expectations ... if good happens u credit it to yourself ... if not, u never promised anything to anybody here .... nasrallah with his smart talk would nt survive here as a leader even one hour ....

the situation with hezbollah was compared today by somebody to communist guerilla movements ... its ideology ... until the current surge of fundamentalism stops there is no chance hamas or hezbollah would go away ...

hezbollah here is credited with being a very professional force ... its said to have 4-5 thousand fighters and unknown number of reservists... israel can hit hezbollah very hard but it can t finish it off ... thats why i asked u if there is somebody there on the lebanese side to take advantage of the mess and finish the job...

people here have a siege mentality ... every war is ls taken seriously ... any enemy should be treated as a serious threat ... nobody here calls nasrallah an asshole ... they can say that he miscalculated and brought himself to us on a silver plate ...but they dont have this style of language nasrallah himself is using for israelis

they interpret everything in terms of prices here ( jews .. u know.. )... like olmerts message to the lebanese is - i am much worse than civil war with hezbolla ... the message was nt understood apparently .. the country is destroyed but the lebanese still argue what a disaster it would be to fight hezbollah ... not paying the slightest attention that the disaster has already happened ...

olmerts message to hezbollah - i can inflict on u such a damage after each kidnapping that it just does nt pay off .. this is how they think here ... to pay and all sorts of price calculations is a very common language used when discussing these things ...

this is why they can t understand why the arabs are still fighting them ... the israelis think its simply not worth the price the arabs pay for it......they themselves would give up long time ago ... take 80 % of the west bank .. even 60 and forget about the whole thing ...

people here dont have the sleightest bit of self eliminationism ....its an anti kamikadze mentality ... i mean of course the secular or mildly traditional mainstream ....

u should know that even what ,we call right wing here, may demand in the bright daylight from the government to build a fence between us and israeli arabs and make them part of the west bank ... our right wingers may be insane and may threaten egypt with bombing the asuan but neigher many of them have this 'give me all to the last inch or kill me' mentality...

we have some palestinian like shit only on the fringes of ultra religious right ...most right wingers here are racists but of a different kind ... they think the arabs are monkeys , not interested in real negotiations and should nt be trusted ... but its nothing ideological ... zionism is a dead word here ... nobody uses it or calls himself zionist...

this is the mindset of this country

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