Daily Israel Report

Commando Veteran Chen: Settlers will Pay for IDF Feebleness

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Amatzia Chen ('Patzi') says IDF makes bad choices that cause it to appear weak.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/18/2011, 12:12 PM / Last Update: 5/18/2011, 12:28 PM

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Brig.-Gen. (res.) Amatzia Chen ('Patzi') thinks the IDF's failure to block Syrian citizens' incursion into Israeli territory Sunday is the result of a persistent mistake in the military's decision making.

Chen, who has a long and highly esteemed history as a commander of commando units and larger-scale forces, told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew-language service Wednesday that the IDF exhibited feebleness when it allowed the Syrians to enter Israel as they did. The price for feebleness will be paid by the pioneers in Judea and Samaria, he predicted.
 
The IDF consistently refuses to deploy large forces in situations where they are needed, Chen explained. As a result it misleads the political leadership into thinking it is weak. The result is that we keep on facing failures, he said, "public morale is low and many people live in an unjustified feeling of fear." 
 
"The Diaspora gene that is hidden in the Israeli body politic might flare up whenever we face pressure, and the secular public will be willing to pay the ransom, not in land within (post-1967) Israel but in the lands of Judea and Samaria.
 
Chen cites the IDF's handling of the Arab "Intifadas" and the ongoing violence at Na'alin as examples of wrongheaded decision making. "IDF forces with immense power were deployed in units of two or three soldiers that milled about among Palestinian masses. They projected weakness and that is how we lost all the Intifadas and added motivation for the enemy to act."