Isaac Ben-Israel, former Head of Research & Development Department, Ministry of Defense, on Israel’s anti-terrorism strategy:
In general, the underlying idea is: each system has its own critical point. If I know where it is, I hit this point and destroy the whole system. If I do not know this, I will have to go on hitting different components of the system until I accidentally hit the critical point. The more components I damage, even without hitting the critical point, the closer is the moment when the system disintegrates.
My grandfather, who worked for army intelligence in the Irish army under Michael Collins, used to say the same thing about the ‘critical point’. Targeting that point is essential. Hitting key points of British intelligence was an important factor in getting the British (whose military forces were unquestionably stronger) to negotiate with the Irish.
But, even when faced with annihilation by much stronger forces, Collins’ army took the time to find that critical point, and they didn’t waste time with the much less effective plan B, “hitting different components of the system until I accidentally hit the critical point.”
I have to wonder – why would Israel consistently use the less effective plan B instead of gathering the intelligence necessary to (more efficiently) hit the key point? Their intelligence-gathering abilities and their military forces are much better than any of their enemies’, including (of course) Hamas.
What’s the rush?
[Link thanks to Winds of Change]