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Following Operation Cast Lead, the IDF Operations
Directorate prepared a slideshow to explain the type of challenges the
Israeli military is currently facing in Lebanon against Hizbullah and
in the Gaza Strip against Hamas.
one of the slides is a picture of Khan Yunis, Gaza, but it could also
be any one of the 160 Shiite villages in southern Lebanon where
Hizbullah has stored its weaponry. The map is filled with different
colored dots, each one representing a different type of threat an IDF
platoon will face.
The Operations Directorate calls this type of warfare the
"Collage War" since when fighting against an organization like
Hizbullah or Hamas, IDF commanders will face characteristics from
guerrilla, terror and conventional battles.
In other words, a commander invading Lebanon or Gaza will face
anti-tank missiles (conventional), kidnapping attempts (terror) and
underground tunnels (guerrilla), each threat represented by a different
colored dot on the slide. These threats are also not located in open
battlefields but in built-up areas like Khan Yunis, one of the
most-densely populated parts of the world with close to 200,000 people.
The purpose of the slide is to explain that Israel is
not fighting against a conventional military like the IDF, but has
enemies - Hamas and Hizbullah - that flagrantly use the civilian
population as human shields.
Still, the IDF does not plan on significantly changing the way
it fights in future conflicts. On the contrary, it will continue to
target civilian infrastructure that is used by terrorists.
is known in the IDF as the "Dahiya Doctrine," in reference to the
neighborhood in Beirut that can only be accessed by card-carrying
Hizbullah members. During the 2006 war, the IDF bombed large apartment
buildings in the neighborhood since they were also used as Hizbullah
Speaking at a conference in Tel Aviv on Sunday, OC Northern
Command Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot made clear that the IDF will continue
to apply this doctrine in the future.
"Hizbullah is the one that is turning these areas
into a battleground," Eizenkot said. "I hope this will restrain them -
but if not, we need to explain to ourselves and to others that this is
something Hizbullah has brought upon itself since it is building its
combat zones inside these villages."
As a result, the IDF believes that the Goldstone Report was
born out of a wrong perception of modern warfare and was written while
ignoring the reality in Gaza and Lebanon. As a result, what the
Operations Directorate believes is necessary, is not a commission of
inquiry like the Winograd Commission after the Second Lebanon War, but
a change in the world's understanding of the nature of modern warfare.
Until this happens, the IDF can expect to face many more Goldstone Reports in the future.