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Tavor perfect

The Tavor rifle was deployed in combat for the first time in the recent Gaza conflict by the Israeli army and has come up trumps for the army and for the manufacturer.

After years of testing and modification, the Tavor assault rifle is headed towards becoming the IDF infantry’s chief assault rifle following a successful performance in Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

The IDF has completed its study of the weapon’s performance in the Gaza fighting and a report will be handed in to the Chief Infantry and Paratroopers Officer, Brig.-Gen. Yossi Buchner, and to OC Ground Forces Command, Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrachi, within the next few weeks.  

The weapon is not expected to undergo any upgrading in the near future because the Ground Forces Command found nothing to improve in it, IDF journal Bamachaneh reported. I.W.I., which manufactures the weapon, asked the IDF for feedback on the weapon’s performance, but “the answer we got was that the weapon is excellent and there is nothing to fix,” I.W.I. Director Uri Amit said.

Perhaps the NZDF should look at replacing the hopeless Styr with this.

IDF shows hows how Hamas used schools and mosques as cover

The IDF has released maps showing just how callous Hamas are and also disrespectful of shcools and mosques in order cause maximum destruction, not just of Israeli soldiers but also Gazan citizens. The maps show roadside IED’s near mosques, rocket launchers near mosques and training camps just 27m from a school.

This map shows the way that a roadside explosive had been laid on a road south of Khan Younis with the control wire leading from the nearby mosque.

Hamas rocket launching site located adjacent to a mosque in the Shaati Refugee Camp.

Hamas military camp adjacent to school in the northern Gaza Strip.

Hamas Exploitation of Gazan Residents

The IDF has produced maps of Hamas terrorist bases located amongst the civilian population. Given the close proximity of these bases to the civilian population it is actually something of a miracle that the casualty count is so low.

Hamas Installations

Hamas Installations

Hamas profanes Islam

IDF Arabic-language spokesman Capt. Avichay Adraee discusses the illegal use of mosques as weapons storage facilities (forbidden by both international law and Islamic law) and Israeli efforts to avoid harming non-combatants despite Hamas’ continuing use of civilians as human shields.

The IDF has been superb at utlising Web 2.0 technologies in the fight against bias in the Western media. They have had a Youtube account going since day one, numerous blogs supporting them and Facebook groups. This is the second Arabic language video from the iDF.

Weaponised Mosque

The IDF has captured a mosque filled not with praying Muslims, rather it was filled with weapons as Hamas had turned the mosque into a weapons depot. I just bet the anti-aircraft gun was used to enhance prayers in some way.

Nice Guys: Hamas booby traps school and zoo

Here is a video from the IDF of the peace loving, democratic peoples welfare organisation Hamas and their humanitarian booby-traps in a school and a zoo.

Nice folks those Hamas people.

IDF gets senior Hamas Commander

from the IDF

Amir Mansi, the commander of the Hamas rocket launching program in the Gaza City area, was killed today by IDF fire with assistance of the ISA. Mansi was also the leading Hamas authority with regard to the long range Grad missile launching program.

Amongst other activities Mansi directed and actively fired dozens of rockets at Israel, killing and wounding Israeli civilians. Mansi was spotted firing a rocket in the Jabel Rise area during a ground force operation today. The forces opened fire, killing Mansi and injuring two additional terror operatives.

UN blames Israel for truck attack and gets it wrong

from Power Line

The UN has suspended aid shipments to Gaza after one of its trucks was attacked and the driver and occupant were killed. The UN immediately blamed the attack on the IDF and in particular on an IDF tank.

Shortly before the pause took effect, the U.N. said one of its aid trucks came under fire from a gunner on an Israeli tank, killing the driver.

U.N. spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said the U.N. coordinated the delivery in northern Gaza with Israel, and the vehicle was marked with a U.N. flag and insignia. The Israeli army said it was investigating.

The IDF has released a statement denying its involvement in the attack and it appears now that the truck was hit by sniper fire rather than a tank shell.

It appears that Hamas is now directly attacking aid convoys and trying to get the blame attributed to the Israelis. This time it worked and failed at the same time.

Hamas Terrorists Captured

IDF Spokesperson Capt. Benjamin Rutland reports on the second day of ground operations in Operation Cast Lead, including the capture of a number of Hamas terrorists by Israeli forces.

The technology to save Palestinian lives

Not much has been made in the press about about Israel going out of its way to spare civilian lives. Perhaps it is because they can’t comprehend the enormity of what it is that the Israelis have undertaken to protect innocent lives.

When you understand the technology involved and the sums of money that have been expended in developing a system that not only pinpoints where a strike will be but also the likely radius of any damage associated with that strike then perhaps you will also see the lie that the left wing media and blogosphere frothers would like you to believe, that Israel is committing genocide and waging war on civilians.

It actually leaves you with the impression that perhaps the IDF is the most moral army in the world.

The advance of technology, however, has created new possibilities. In the week of air-attacks, the IDF proved it had excellent intelligence, and in many cases targets hit from the air kept on exploding for a number of minutes after they were hit, as the ordinance stored there exploded. More significant, the IDF has figured out how to separate the civilians from the weapons: call the neighbors and give them ten minutes warning. The numbers prove how efficient this has been: prior to the ground invasion, more than 600 targets had been destroyed, fewer than 500 Palestinians killed, and fewer than 100 of those were civilians even by Palestinian and UN reckoning. Of course, there remain the pictures of civilians surrounded by devastation, but they’re alive, and it wasn’t Israel that stacked bombs in their cellars.

Apparently, by Friday Israel had made at least 9,000 (nine thousand) such phone calls.

Here’s an American website touching upon the same story.

Alongside the thousands of civilians whose lives have been spared there are hundreds, at least, of armed Hamas fighters, the people who put the explosives in the cellars in the first place: by warning their neighbors, Israel has warned them, too, thus giving them the chance to escape and fight another day: say, tonight, or tomorrow, when they’ll still be alive to fight the IDF troops, instead of lying dead under the rubble, as would have been possible had we hit their explosive stashes without prior warning, as any normal army wold have done.

So far this post hasn’t said anything new: you knew it all already. Well, in my professional life I deal with complex IT systems, and I’ve given a bit of thought t this issue seen from that perspective:

First, Israel clearly has created a sophisticated GIS (geographic information system). A system that records tens of thousands of buildings, their location, and their distance from each other. Then there’s a database with the names of the tens of thousands of families who live in the buildings, and the phone number of each family. The system has the ability to identify all the families and phone numbers that could be affected by an attack on any given building. Finally, given the numbers involved, there must be a system that automatically makes concurrent phone calls to dozens of families, since everybody has to have the same ten-minute warning.

Ah, and someone put tens of thousands of piece of information into that database.

Such a system costs real money, takes time to set up, and since it is obviously operating close to flawlessly, it was tested, fiddled with, tested, fiddled with, and tested again. The purpose, I remind you, is to save the lives of thousands of Palestinians who happen to have murderous neighbors.

That is some system, and all to try to protect innocent people. Hamas on the other hand indiscriminantly chucks rockets and mortars over the border hoping to actually inflict massive casulaties in the civilian population rather than military targets.