Israel: Why Land Matters, Part II

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While these are still great odds against the Jewish State, it is necessary to add into the mix the Israeli army’s strength: superior weapons systems, intelligence and logistics, better training, higher education and motivation (being in a “no alternative” situation where losing means national annihilation is a major factor in superior motivation). The result is an army with a better than even chance of winning a war.

As noted, current Israeli defense doctrine must take into account the vulnerability of its national infrastructure to enemy missile attack. This means reserves deployment locations must be sufficiently dispersed and distant from one another and from the border itself, to increase the chances of completing the mobilization and deploying the reserve forces to the war zone, even in the event of a missile attack. If the reserve mobilization were delayed by a barrage of ballistic missiles, then initial terrain conditions for Israel’s small, numerically inferior, standing army units would become all the more critical.

Judea and Samaria’s mountain ridge is also crucial to Israel’s air defenses. Israel deploys its air defense facilities along the mountain ridge to enable the interception of enemy aircraft from forward positions instead of from the heavily populated coastal plain. Short-range radar and early-warning systems situated in the coastal plain would have their line-of-sight blocked by the Judea and Samaria mountain ridge. Without control of this high ground Israel would have no warning time to intercept attacking aircraft. It takes only three minutes for an enemy fighter bomber to cross the Jordan River and fly the 42 miles to Tel Aviv. If Israel’s strategic depth were 34 miles less (i.e.: without Judea and Samaria), enemy planes could leave Arab air space and reach Tel Aviv in under one minute or less than minimum Israeli “scramble time,” not to mention ground defenses’ reaction time.

But to win the war with the aforementioned better than even chance, another agonizing problem must be solved. As noted, Israel requires 48 hours to fully mobilize. It is economically unfeasible for the IDF to be in a state of constant mobilization. The productivity of the country would grind to a standstill. No nation could survive such conditions indefinitely. In fact, it was due to this factor that the Soviet Union was able to orchestrate the 1967 Six Day War.

The Soviets informed the Egyptians that Israel was mobilizing on its northern borders opposite Syria. Although untrue, it caused the Egyptians to pull their troops out of Yemen and mass them on the Israeli lines. This in turn forced Israel to truly mobilize – this time opposite Egypt. Realizing the consequences of long-term mobilization, Israel sent word to Egypt proposing a mutual de-escalation of troops. Nasser’s response was to close the Straits of Tiran, which was an act of war. Israel, faced with the task of waiting for Egypt to attack, while forced to maintain an unending full-scale mobilization with the consequences of impending national economic disaster, had no choice but to act. Hence, Israel’s preemptive attack on the morning of June 5, 1967.

While conventional warfare, Israel’s main threat up until the late 1980s, subsequently became less probable, the threat of terrorist attacks together with missiles, from short-range rockets to large ballistic missiles, appear to have become the primary threats Israel faces. However, the political upheaval in the Arab world in the last few years cannot rule out – especially with the rise in prominence of radical Islamic elements in Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, among others – the potential return of regular Arab armies facing Israel in the near future.

Even in the missile age, wars are still ultimately decided by the movement of armies and not just by air strikes. As long as conventional ground forces remain the decisive element in determining the outcome of wars, then such issues as territory and strategic depth are crucial. Despite the proliferation of missiles and the use of terrorism as a strategic weapon, most of Israel’s Arab neighbors still stress the role of heavy armor in their order of battle, thus conventional warfare remains a significant potential threat.

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  • Eva Smagacz

    Is Israel planning to remove natives from Area C (60% of West Bank) only or from entire West Bank? Will they be shipped to Jordan in cattle tracks or similar?
    Is Israel planning to remove all natives from Area C (60% of West Bank) and enclose them in Ghettos/Bantustans for ever?
    Is Israel planning to give natives in Gaza and West Bank a vote, or keep them forever in a religion determined separate legal system from Jewish Israelis?

    • Zionista

      Eva – stick to scrubbing other people's toilets – that IS your business – says so on your websites.

    • stern

      You make a huge – and, I'm sure, very deliberate – error in referring to the Arabs in Judea and Samaria as "natives". They are not "native" to this area – and many, in fact, were newcomers after the arrival of the early Zionist pioneers. But of course, admitting that would mean admitting that you are hopelessly biased against israel.
      So who are the true natives? Well, look at the name of this part of the world, as found in the Bible. Judea – Jew-dea. Yup, I'm afraid that kind of – well, totally – destroys your argument.

    • ziontruth

      "Is Israel planning to remove natives…"

      The Jews are the natives. It is the Arab imperialists are planning to remove natives.

      "Will they be shipped to Jordan in cattle tracks or similar?"

      They're free to take their pick among over a score of already available Arab states. The only place their freedom ends is the Land of Israel, which belongs to the one and only true Palestinian nation—the Jewish nation. There the Arab colonists have no legitimate claims; they are land-thieves and must evacuate the lands they are stealing.

      The Sudeten-Arabs are a pretext for imperialist appropriation of Jewish lands and that pretext must be defused.

    • moshe

      The only natives in Judea and Samaria are Jews and Samaritans. Due to centuries of Arab invasion, aggression and land theft, there are only a few thousand Samaritans left nowadays. The Jews, however, are doing much better.

  • H&R_ Barack

    The Arabs and/or Muslims of today control 22 nations… 99½ percent of the ENTIRE Middle East land mass while Israel occupies only a 1/2 of 1 percent speck of the region.

    But that's still too much land for the Arabs to spare.

    Israel first became a nation in 1312 B.C. two thousand years before the rise of Islam!

    The Kingdom of David and Solomon: 1077 – 997 BC

    Kingdom of Herod- 30 BC to 70 AD

    Jewish Communities in the Land of Israel -7th-11th Centuries

    The Jewish People have one of the most legitimate Birth Certificates of any nations in the world. Every time there is an archaeological dig in Israel, it does nothing but support the fact that the Jewish People have had a presence there for well over 3,000 years.

    Islam wants it all.

    • oldtimer

      And also theSan Remo conference set aside this land to be a Jewish state. They Arabs want the whole world, history shows us that, that is why the victors of WWI disbanded the Ottoman empire, sadly, only to let it rear it's ugly head again.

  • H&R_ Barack

    Israel first became a nation in 1312 B.C, two thousand years before the rise of Islam!

  • Marty

    The enemies of Israel are also the enemies of the whole of western civilization. No further concessions should be offered to them. Even some palestinians occupying parts of Judea and Samaria occasionally plead with the Israeli government not to leave them to the tender mercies of the palestinian authority in any final peace settlement. Can't blame them. Israel is a democracy and no democracy should try to appease any autocracy with territorial concessions or with beneficial trade agreements. There won't be any reciprocity on the part of muslims who view assistance as the weakness of dhimmis. We have to recognize that the mindset of most muslims is thoroughly contaminated with hatred, anti-semitism, and envy. There is nothing there to work with in a producitve fashion.

  • Schlomotion

    There are a lot of extraneous details in this article meant to obscure and exhaust the Main Idea. The main idea is that Israel can only "survive" by stealing the West Bank. That is still Mr. Atlas' thesis.

    • stern

      From who? Considering that:
      1) The San Remo conference designated the area for “close settlement” by the Jewish people
      2) The principles of San Remo are still valid and the UN is still obligated by them
      3) Despite 1)_ and 2) above, Jordan illegally occupied Judea and Samaria from 1948 until 1967
      4) Jordan lost Judea and Samaria to Israel after declaring war and attacking Israel in 1967
      5) The Palestinians have repeatedly refused to negotiate a settlement with Israel

      …. it would be impossible for Israel to “steal” Judea and Samaria when, in fact, Israel has the best claim to those territories

      • Schlomotion

        Except that people already live there. So the operative word there is "claim." Israel can claim it all they want. Like when carjackers claim your car or muggers claim your wallet.

        • ziontruth

          "Except that people already live there."

          I don't see that preventing you anti-Zionists from calling for all Jewish inhabitants to be removed from Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights. "People already live there" too, but in this case it's, "Doesn't matter. They must leave, because the injustice of colonization can't stand." Nothing like a fresh cup of double standards in the morning!

          "Like when carjackers claim your car or muggers claim your wallet."

          Good description of Islamic imperialists everywhere. Not just in Israel—look at Western Europe, Nigeria, the Sudan region, India and Thailand. I could go on listing examples of your friends' noble "resistance campaigns" worldwide.

          • Schlomotion

            The people who build settlements there illegally should leave. Other than that, who cares if all the Jews that can't live peacefully in a diaspora choose to live 5,500 miles away? Go to it. Enjoy yourselves.

          • ziontruth

            "The people who build settlements there illegally should leave."

            Right. And I hold all Arab population centers to be illegal settlements, therefore they should leave.

            "Other than that, who cares if all the Jews that can't live peacefully in a diaspora choose to live 5,500 miles away? Go to it. Enjoy yourselves."

            So it's "Palestinians can't compromise on living on their homeland" for the Arab colonists in Palestine, but when it comes to Jews, it's "Let them live elsewhere." I'm liable to get a double standards overdose if this keeps up. Nice to see, though, the old idea that Jews should just wander and wander and wander.

          • Schlomotion

            No. I didn't say you shouldn't live in Israel. You don't hear or read right because you are a psycho. By all means, live in Israel. When I say all the Jews who can't get along with people should live 5,500 miles away, I mean away from me, in Israel. It's a great idea that all the obnoxious subset of the Jewish community have a place to call home that is not in anyone else's country. But unlike you, I don't think that murder and ethnic cleansing are OK, so no, you people should figure out how to share that area.

          • ziontruth

            "You don't hear or read right because you are a psycho."

            Do people hire you for presentations? You make an excellent projector.

            "But unlike you, I don't think that murder and ethnic cleansing are OK,…"

            If you really thought that way, you'd be pro-Israel and against her Islamic imperialist aggressor enemies.

            "…so no, you people should figure out how to share that area."

            First of all, I'm again amazed (or perhaps more amused) at how self-professing Buchananite Paleocon isolationists regularly take such an interventionist stance as this. You call for withdrawing all aid from Israel, that's your right as a sovereign nation, but what the heck is this "you people should figure out how to share" stuff?! What's it to you? Do you mouth about Sri Lanka that way too? About Georgia (in the Caucasus)? About Northern Ireland? For isolatiionists, you Paleocon Islam-appeasers are pretty good interventionist busibodies when it comes to all things Israel.

            Secondly, if you just took a tiny peek at a map, you'd realize the area is too small to be shared by multiple nations. And, since the "Palestinian nation" is a fraud, a cover-up for Arab imperialism, and the Arab nation is in no shortage of land, the just and logical conclusion is that the Land of Israel entirely should be given to the Jews to possess. To take away the tiny belongings of one nation to be added to the huge possessions of another is rank injustice. The Arabs know this full well, which is why they cooked up the whole Phakestinian fraud.

          • johnnywoods

            Hey Schlock, Go suck an egg you ignoramus.

        • Sage on the Stage

          People already live in England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden, but you don't ever talk about the Muslims co-opting the legal systems of those countries; demanding that Sharia law be the recognized law of the land in those countries. And as far as the West bank is concerned, Israel's claim extends back, at least, to the time of King David; 1500 BC. This is not just a spur of the moment claim, as you portray it above.(which you well know) Thus Israel hasn't stolen anyone's land, and the one Jewish country in the world gets to survive. Get used to it.

          • Schlomotion

            The "one Jewish country in the world" should stop adding prerequisites to its survival.

          • moshe

            The only prerequisites to Israel's survival are Divine favor and unlimited will to kill the likes of you in the billions. Sadly, the latter is now lacking

          • Schlomotion

            Tell me more about that last part. That sounds really interesting.

          • ziontruth

            "The 'one Jewish country in the world' should stop adding prerequisites to its survival."

            The idea that a state should be politically exclusive to its indigenous nation—The State As Its Nation's Castle—is a prerequisite for national survival not just for the one Jewish nation in the world and its state, but for all nations and their states. Sage's cited example of Muslims co-opting the European nation-state's legal system is a graphic illustration of this.

            What a hoot it'll be if this professing Paleocon Schlockmotion is revealed to be a proponent of the Marxist anti-nationalist stratagem of multiculturalism!

          • Schlomotion

            I like your thesis on the necessity for Jewish racial purity. You should elaborate on that more.

          • ziontruth

            "I like your thesis on the necessity for Jewish racial purity."

            Nice try—I get this from the Leftists all the time—but no, it's not about racial purity. Jewishness isn't racially defined, and I as an Orthodox Jewish believer can in no way view the world through the lens of genetic determinism.

            This is about national safety and security. Nations are variously defined, some by biological descent alone, some as a linguistic commonwealth (like the Arab nation) and some by a hybrid criterion (like the Jewish nation: Matrilineal descent + the possibility of outsiders joining through conversion), but as long as a nation has positive characteristics to show for its nationhood (in contrast to the faux-Palestinian nation, which has none), it'll serve. A nation is entitled to a state, and the state has the duty of protecting the nation. It does so by making political rights exclusive to members of the nation. Non-nationals can enjoy the same rights by being on their own nation-states. This way, the treasonous multiculturalist situation of a nation being stateless on its own land is prevented.

            The Arab nation too is entitled to a nation-state where people like me have no political rights. But this must not encroach on the Jewish nation's right to such a state, which is the situation right now with Arab/Islamic imperialism (albeit deceptively masked as a "Palestinian national struggle") striving to take away the Jews' nation-state.

            I believe the Jewish nation needs to be an exclusive democracy, and in the name of fairness—though it is of course none of my business—I would reply that I have no problem with the nation-states of Europe, for example, being the same. In fact, it is because of my observation of the effects of multiculturalism, the results of having no safety measures in the face of demographic encroachment, that I advocate this position for Israel. Lebanon can be brushed off as part of Mideast turmoil, Yugoslavia as an example of old Balkan feuds, Rwanda as African tribal conflict, but the situation in Western Europe cannot be so explained away. Ergo, multiculturalism is a failure, and the nation-protecting democratic nation-state is the wave of the future, because nations that adopt it are the only ones that are going to survive.

            As an American you may beg to differ, but remember: America is anomalous. Most nation-states, Israel included, are not proposition nations, where disparate groups of people have come to the same land and formed a national identity on that basis, but states built around a previously existing national reality (the Jewish nation, in Israel's case).

          • Schlomotion

            You are fond of saying there are no such thing as Palestinians (except the Jews). Alas, it turns out, there are no such thing as Israelis either:

            Israel does not recognize Israelis. In short, they run the same garbage on one another that they run on Goyim.

          • ziontruth

            "…it turns out, there are no such thing as Israelis either"

            Correct. The name of the nation is "Jew." The term "Israeli" means "a resident of the state of Israel," not a national group. Various proposals (as far back as the 1930s) to fuse the Jews and Arabs of Palestine and later of the state of Israel into a single "nation" have all been rejected, by Jews and Arabs alike. As I said, the American proposition nation model can't be applied to Israel.

          • Schlomotion

            Aren't you guys special. You may not have gotten the memo, but the idea that Jews can't be measured or categorized in any way shape or form is stupid.

    • ziontruth

      "The main idea is that Israel can only 'survive' by stealing…"

      By definition, Jews and their state can't be stealing anything as long as it's within the bounds of the Land of Israel. You are apologist scum for Islamic imperialism wishing to steal lands from the Jewish nation.

      • Schlomotion

        Eliyahu, you are a thief. You are an evangelist for thieves. If a thief calls me scum, what do I care?

        • ziontruth

          You are an accessory to Islamic imperialist aggression against the Jews and their state. What do I care what an accomplice in jihad calls me?

          • Schlomotion

            It's funny how you just whip out the Communism like that.

          • ziontruth

            "It's funny how you just whip out the Communism like that."

            Funny you should mention Communism. The one thing an ostensibly right-winger like you can't be distinguished from a true-red Commie is your anti-Israel, pro-Arab position. On any average Commie website, there's a section of anti-Zionist articles that make exactly the same points as you do in your comments.

            If you Buchananite Paleocons met up with Marxists and confined your talk to Israel, you'd make bosom friends.

          • Schlomotion

            It's not my fault everyone hates you. You could just be odious. I'm simply making the good point that ethnic cleansing is despicable.

          • Ghostwriter

            Yeah,like the Palestinians want to ethnically cleanse every Jew from Israel. Get a life,Schlomotion,and a brain.

          • ziontruth

            Exactly. All those anti-Zionists who harp on about "the evil of ethnic cleansing" were consistently silent about the ethnic cleansing of all the Jews of the Gaza region in August 2005.

            They would reply, of course, that "It's not ethnic cleansing if colonists are removed." But it is ethnic cleansing—we are now, to paraphrase that joke about W.C. Fields and the lady, discussing prices, moral justifications. Ethnic cleansing, call it whatever they may, is perfectly OK with the anti-Zionists as long as Jews are on its receiving end, because they believe Jews in Israel are colonists. Very well: I believe it is the Arabs who are colonists in Israel, therefore they need to be removed or whatever you want to call it.

    • moshe

      It's not possible to steal what is already yours. The ARABS stole Judea and Samaria.

  • stern

    have you noticed how schlockmeister always has to get in the last word? Even if it's an utter inanity, he/she/it cannot bear to leave a thread on a positive note.

  • Indioviejo

    Israeli leaders should have thought long and hard before returning their Biblical lands to the Islamonausea. They can't buy peace from satanic cultist.

  • johnnywoods

    Any one who thinks Israel stole land from Arabs should go to a library and spend the day studying M.E. history. I read too many comments that are astonishingly ignorant on this site. I stand with Israel because Islam sucks.

    • intrcptr2

      With ya, johnny!