July 31, 2014 14:12
The former commander of British forces in Afghanistan says Israel has done the best it can to avoid civilian casualties while fighting a callous enemy
British Col. (ret.) Richard Kemp speaks to ‘The Jerusalem Post’ in Jerusalem last week..
(photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
In 2003, British Col. (ret.) Richard Kemp’s forces in Afghanistan began facing a growing threat from suicide bombers and improvised explosive devices. As more and more problems cropped up, he noticed that at each turn he was looking to Israelis for answers, increasingly seeing Israeli technology and innovations save lives among his troops fighting the Taliban.“Israel and the UK are among the closest allies in sharing intelligence in the world. Israel has helped the UK in a number of important ways in saving lives,” says Kemp, who developed a manual for combating the suicide bomber threat with advice from Israeli colleagues.