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In addition, while praising the increase in early warning systems to divide the country into 250 separate regions, he said significant work needs to be done to move the country to the 1,800 regions it is meant to be divided into.The former IDF deputy intelligence chief said that farming out additional early warning systems to areas which Hamas seemed less likely to attack short of general war until now, such as the country’s center, must be properly outfitted.Furthermore, the INSS post said that these areas must undergo drills the same as the Gaza corridor so that home front officials and ordinary citizens are more ready and efficient to cope with attacks.Until these changes are made, he said that Hamas can use “surgical” attacks on the country’s center communities not covered by iron dome and who are ill-prepared, to cause terror and chaos in Israel, while making it difficult for Israel to justify a general war in response.In contrast, proper coverage and … [Read more...] about Ex IDF intel. general: New missile defense strategy needed against Hamas
Netanyahu, who has the strong backing of President Trump, is at his shrewdest and most ruthless when backed into a corner. He has vowed to start annexing the West Bank, wherever an Israeli settler may be, in a last-minute gambit. The support for him that popularized that regal “melekh yisrael” epithet is fanatical, despite the accusations from the attorney general that the prime minister traded official favors for gifts and for flattering news coverage. “A blood libel,” Netanyahu calls the charges. To the last, he will summon every specter of the “Arab-loving left” in a bid to hang on. That he will stop at nothing is by now well known. … [Read more...] about Will the Israeli ‘King’ Be Recrowned?