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Let the IDF Win (Tnu LiTzahal LiNatzeach)

Deterrence is a crucial factor in maintaining security, and the absence of an appropriate response to an act of aggression perpetuates further acts of aggression.
An Israeli soldier who got hit by a Molotov cocktail is seen on fire during a protest after Friday prayers outside the Temple Mount compound on March 8, 2013.

An Israeli soldier who got hit by a Molotov cocktail is seen on fire during a protest after Friday prayers outside the Temple Mount compound on March 8, 2013.
Photo Credit: Sliman Khader/Flash 90

Last week, the video of “David the Nahlawi” took the Israeli media and public by storm. David’s attempt to defend himself by cocking his gun at his aggressors, and his subsequent punishment, roused thousands of Israelis to erupt in protest and show their solidarity with David.

After the incident, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office came out with a statement attributing David’s punishment to a prior act of insubordination, rather than a consequence of his act of self-defense. Whether or not one believes the IDF’s official statement, the reality still stands that IDF soldiers are not granted the ability to properly defend themselves.

Soldier’s hands are tied. They are placed in challenging situations where they are both verbally and physically assaulted, and are forbidden to defend themselves. The voice of my commanding officer telling us that we are forbidden to shoot an assailant who is standing in front of us with an unlit Molotov cocktail in one hand and a lighter in the other hand, still rings in my ears today (only if the Molotov cocktail is actually lit are soldiers permitted to shoot at the attacker’s legs).

These restrictions placed on the soldiers result from international pressure as well as campaigns initiated by radical left-wing Israeli NGOs, which endanger the lives of IDF soldiers and Israeli citizens by permitting and perpetuating the violence.

The international bias that faces Israel is indeed troubling, but it is not the IDF’s job to worry about CNN, BBC, or The New York Times, rather to worry about the safety of its soldiers and citizens. Deterrence is a crucial factor in maintaining security, and the absence of an appropriate response to an act of aggression perpetuates further acts of aggression that not only affect the IDF, but the Israeli citizens as well (the continuous rocket-fire by Hamas onto Israeli cities serves as an unfortunate example).

Campaigns launched by radical left-wing Israeli organizations under the guise of human rights, such as B’Tselem’s campaign to freely distribute cameras to Arabs residing in Judea and Samaria, serve as a breeding ground for violence. Instead of using the cameras to document incidents of actual human rights violations, the cameras are used to provoke Israeli soldiers into a response, creating violence and confrontations where there otherwise would be none.

In his book, Financing the Flames, Edwin Black illustrates this point when he documents the weekly riots at Nabi Saleh, an Arab village in Judea and Samaria. He writes that the moment his cameraman arrived, the otherwise dull protest erupted into a full-fledged riot filled with rock throwing, staged pictures, and screaming at the soldiers (which, for the benefit of the cameraman, was done in English as opposed to the protestors’ native Arabic or Hebrew).

Despite what many on the far-left think, this is not a problem stemming from the “occupation.” Blaming this issue on Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria instead of addressing the core problem is simply shifting the focus in order to feed their one-sided agendas. Similar cases where IDF soldiers were not permitted to exercise their right of self-defense were well documented in Operation Cast Lead and in the Second Lebanon War. IDF soldiers must be given the right to defend themselves regardless if they are in Hebron, Gaza City, or Tel-Aviv.

“David the Nahlawi” is merely one of the many incidents that happen to IDF soldiers on a daily basis, resulting from the international media and radical Israeli-left organizations that fuel the fires of violence and wait opportunely for the next video portraying the IDF in a negative light. In Israel there is a slogan: Tnu LiTzahal LiNatzeach, which translates to “Let The IDF Win.”

It’s a wonder that there must be a slogan championing the most basic and obvious of statements, but cases like “David the Nahlawi” unfortunately prove that those slogans are needed now more than ever.

About the Author: Eyan Meyersdrof is an oleh from the United States. He served in the Golani Brigade in the IDF. He is currently studying political science at Bar-Ilan University and is the campus coordinator of the Im Tirtzu student movement.


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7 Responses to “Let the IDF Win (Tnu LiTzahal LiNatzeach)”

  1. Israel is selling itself out by it’s own fifth column of varied ideologies and do gooders. Israel will be destroyed from within, thus making the job easier for those from the outside….Wake up Israel, you are on your own, try a bit of national unity.

  2. israel need feiglin to lead get back to torah, God wil destroy the fakestinians, joshua you expand dont give land away

  3. Gene Strong says:

    Liberals.have become a cancer in israel…As in America and europe.
    Liberal American Jews support Obama who is a Muslim and no friend of Israel…

  4. It’s ridiculous!
    What do they expect leaders of the IDF’s?
    International media have long been decided:
    money is more important to Arabs than the truth! Israeli military and civilian life is cheap…

  5. Leave the IDF alone, they know what to do under harsh enough conditions. Hats off to our IDF

  6. =
    Those radical left-wing Israeli NGOs receive also funds from the unscrupulous lefty tyrant New Isrel Fund (NIF). One of such NGO is Shatil.

    Shatil members are invinted to forums to which (state, regional & municipal) Israeli officials , IDF & top police officers are also invited to hear Shatil “lecturers” brainwash them in pseudo-legal angles that they also relate to the crime war petitions filed abroad against Israelis when those travel for example also to the UK.

    The Shatil indoctrination general lines on “restrain” & “politcal correctness” are sharia compliant with the “racially superior” Islamic policies of dhimmitude that, among many others life, administration & policies matters, are aimed to humiliate & disgrace the IDF soldier.

    And in this article case, to undermine, delegitimise & paralyze to a maximum the Israel’ …Right to Self-Defence, the Israel’ Deterrence.

    Is not just because that the muslims say “they desire death as much as Israelis desire life”. But it’s because they seek “martyrdom” which they have turned into Islamic industry, not only to recruits members & adherants to sustain the muslims opposition to the Jewish State, But also in order to file war crime lawsuit against Israelis that are compelled to defend themselves.

    Hence the Hitlerite Nazi-Islamic Jihadi Ideologue Abbas that signed 15 conventions, Not in order to abide by the spirit of those conventions, but in order to exploite, use them & turn them into Sharia Compliant, In this article case , against Israel.

  7. Judith Dowla says:

    Joseph, I can truly understand your frustration. It's amazing to go back in history and realize all human beings the second time around came from the 3 sons of Noah, being Ham, Shem and Yefed. We are all related over time and created via the dust of the earth and the spirit of ADONAI yet so many do not have this knowledge. Reminds me of North and South in the USA and the wild wild west. What are we here on earth for? To build or destroy. Is this what ADONAI wants. I hope not. People have a major problem getting along whether they are married to each other or not. So what do you suggest we do to improve relationships with one another. Who will stop bullying first? We need a common ground and how can we do it unless ADONAI gets down here toute suite. To Life with Love.

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