Category Archives: Israel

“Sacrifice, the future has its price”

A question in many minds is what the hell did Hamas expect to accomplish with the  execution of al-Aqsa Flood? Why go far beyond a successful and shocking military raid to widespread commissions of atrocities upon innocents? Is Hamas no … Continue reading

Posted in History, Israel, Middle East, TTG | 122 Comments

An intelligence and/or operational failure

Israeli intelligence the night before the Hamas attack picked up signs of irregular activity among Hamas operatives in Gaza but top IDF and Shin Bet leaders decided not to put military forces on the borders of the enclave on high … Continue reading

Posted in Intelligence, Israel, TTG | 32 Comments

How “al-Aqsa Flood” was executed

The Operation began with what could be described as ‘primitive SEAD’ (Suppression of Enemy Air Defences). As first, the Qassam Brigades assaulted and overrun the IDF base protecting the Erez checkpoint, north of Bayt Hanun (northern Gaza Strip). That’s one … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, The Military Art, TTG | 87 Comments

Israel At War. –

The Prime Minister of Israel has declared that Israel is “at war” – against exactly who is not clear, “Hamas”, “The Palestinians”, ” terrorists” take your pick. It appears that the Palestinians (or whatever you call ) them achieved total … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Walrus | 119 Comments

“It’s 7 a.m. in Tel Aviv after a night of protests. Here’s what you need to know about Israel’s political crisis” – TTG

Massive crowds filled the streets of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv late Sunday night after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired his defense minister over his opposition to a planned judicial overhaul. Israel has seen months-long protests over the planned judicial overhaul, … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Politics, TTG | 32 Comments

“Israeli PM Lapid Concedes Election to Netanyahu”

“Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday conceded defeat to Benjamin Netanyahu in this week’s election, setting the stage for the former Israeli leader to return to power. Lapid congratulated Netanyahu and instructed his staff to prepare an organized transition … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia – a family holding company, not a friend. Republished 13 October 2022

  I speak fluent Arabic.  I was the first professor of the Arabic Language and Middle East Studies at West Point where I was twice judged best classroom teacher and was offered permanent tenure which I declined not wishing to … Continue reading

Posted in As The Borg Turns, Israel, Middle East, Policy, Saudi Arabia | 73 Comments

Hizballah makes its own missiles now?

“Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday that the Lebanon-based militant group has been producing drones in the country, and has the ability to turn thousands of rockets into precision missiles. On a day marking the martyrdom of Hezbollah militants … Continue reading

Posted in Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, The Military Art | 7 Comments

The Lebanese diaspora is growing, and growing …

“Lebanon has been left without electricity, plunging the country into darkness amid a severe economic crisis. A government official told Reuters news agency the country’s two largest power stations, Deir Ammar and Zahrani, had shut down because of a fuel … Continue reading

Posted in As The Borg Turns, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East | 6 Comments

“Syria shot 7 of 8 Israeli missiles, Russian military says.”

“Syria’s air defense forces shot down seven out of eight missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during a raid that targeted the Syrian province of Aleppo, the Russian military said Tuesday. Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, the head of the Russian military’s … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Middle East, Russia, Syria, weapons | 9 Comments