I have known this poster for years. He is an American Jew with family in Israel. He has long been unsettled by changes there. A polio victim, he contributed wheel chairs to the Turkish flotilla. He is an honorable man.
This is an account of his wounded nephew’s Golani Brigade tale:
I finally had a chance today to talk with my nephew, a captain in the Golani Brigade. He’s in the hospital in Ashkelon with a bullet to the shoulder.
He confirmed that the situation in Gaza is a lot different than the last time they invaded. He said last time the IDF went in, they merely obliterated everything in front of them. They did not pay much attention to their flanks or rear. The IDF was supremely confident that this time would be no different giving no respect to Hamas’ fighting abilities. The IDF knew there were lots of tunnels but there are A LOT more tunnels than expected.
The APC that was totaled with 7 deaths happened when a Hamas member popped up thru a precut hole in the cement sidewalk and fired an anti-tank missile to the side from like 10 feet away and then disappeared back down the hole.
My nephew was shot from a house where not 60 seconds before, the IDF had gone in and declared it totally empty. Two other members were wounded when Hamas gunmen suddenly appeared to their rear, 5 or 10 feet from the IDF men.
While he out of action, he reports that IDF movement has slowed considerably as they are being a lot more cautious than when they first entered Gaza. All the rubble from IAF bombing has made movement difficult as well as giving Hamas great hiding places.”
“The IDF was supremely confident that this time would be no different giving no respect to Hamas’ fighting abilities.”
Do tell. And hubris comes a calling. Again.