Weekend long read

1) NGO Monitor analyses the latest campaign from the political NGO B’Tselem.

“On January 12, 2021, the Israeli NGO B’Tselem launched a high-visibility international campaign, including a position paper, standalone website, outreach to sympathetic media platforms, as well as an eight-page insert in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. Under the headline, “A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid,” the organization escalated its political and ideological condemnations that go far beyond criticism of policies. The attack on Israel’s role as a haven for the Jewish people (the Law of Return) and the phrase “from the river to the sea” echo long-standing Palestinian terminology for the destruction of Israel. This highly destructive and polarizing program was funded and enabled by B’Tselem’s donors – primarily European governments.”

2) The ITIC reports on ‘Hezbollah’s response to the economic crisis in Lebanon’.

“Since mid-2020, the effects of the economic crisis on the Shiite population have become increasingly evident in regions where Hezbollah has built the so-called resistance society (southern Lebanon, the southern suburb of Beirut, and the Bekaa Valley). […]

These effects posed a genuine challenge to Hezbollah, which strives to build a so-called resistance economy in its areas of control, that is, an economy parallel to the Lebanese economy. In view of this, Hezbollah has made a series of moves aimed at helping the Shiite population in its areas of control cope with the negative implications of the economic crisis. In these moves, Hezbollah is heavily supported by Iran which, despite its own severe ongoing economic crisis, continues to provide assistance not only in building Hezbollah’s military infrastructure but also in operating the organization’s civilian institutions among the Shiite community.”

3) At the BESA Center Yaakov Lappin analyses the Israeli navy’s new combat doctrine.

“Hezbollah’s arsenal of projectiles, which is larger than that of most NATO armies, represents the primary conventional threat to Israeli security. The Iranian-backed terror army is estimated to have some 130,000 projectiles, including, according to international media reports, the supersonic Yakhont surface-to-sea cruise missile, which it reportedly received from Assad regime weapons depots in recent years. […]

Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza, meanwhile, are building up their own ballistic rocket capability. Adversaries in Lebanon and Gaza have fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles that can challenge offshore rigs. […]

In short, the arena is rapidly changing, and threats of high-intensity projectile barrages are evolving at a pace not seen in the past. At the same time, Israel’s dependence on the sea has never been greater, and is set to expand even further in coming years.”

4) UKLFI presents a video of a recent event titled ‘Fighting Terrorists while respecting International Law’.

“Two exceptional speakers discuss the challenges facing moral armies when confronting terrorists, while seeking to avoid civilian casualties and comply with international law.”

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2 replies on “Weekend long read”
  1. says: Neil C

    1. Israel needs a defensive Iron Dome platform in the Mediterranean Sea to assist in the defense of Israel, assuming the number of offensive missiles held in Lebanon is not a total exaggeration of reality.

    2. Biden’s support of Iran is unfortunately only going to embolden the Shiite population, he needs to re-examine his support of a fascist regime bent on the annihilation of Israel, his Jewish heritage means diddly squat to him

    3. Israel must eventually realise that with Gaza they need to attack now to defend their citizens

    4. Sorry there are no morals in a fight for the survival of the Jewish Nation

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