Tamuz missile launcher_311.
(photo credit: Yaakov Katz)
In a region where traditional state sovereignty is experiencing a meltdown,
Israeli defense chiefs have elected to pursue a policy that leaves no questions
about the robustness of the country’s sovereignty.
When shots are fired
from Syria toward Israeli soldiers protecting their side of their border,
endangering lives (twice within hours), the IDF will waste little time in
identifying the source of the danger, and eliminating it.
this minimizes the chances of harm coming to IDF soldiers who separate Israel
from the murderous chaos raging in Syria.
Strategically, it sends out an
unequivocal message to those thinking of testing Israel’s responses
In this case, the army fired a hi-tech Tamuz guided missile at a
Syrian army machine gun post. It matters little whether those shooting at Israel
are Syrian army forces or rebels; the promise of a firm response is the
And yet, the defense community is aware that this policy is no
guarantee for a quiet border. Pro- Assad forces, which include thousands of
irregular militia fighters, may make more reckless decisions, and the same is
true of rebel forces that are guided by jihadi ideology.
can only go so far in a failed neighboring state, the IDF must also plan for
what happens when larger-scale attacks occur on the border. When that day comes,
it will have to put its plans into action.