Defence Minister Liberman, clearly frustrated by his inability to get the Minister of Finance and the Cabinet to provide the IDF with the funds it believes it needs in order to build Israel’s defenses in the north to its satisfaction, went public on this matter, presumably to enlist the northern Israelis to pressure the government to cough up the funds.
If the foregoing hypothesis is correct, than surely he had the duty to explain what he is doing about it to solve the problem and of course, he did not, again, presumably out of respect for the Israeli secrets legislation.
At all events, while this kind of political stratagem may be acceptable in Canada safely ensconced in North America, or at least, as safely as any country can be safe these days; with Assad, Hezbollah, Iran and the other hordes of jihadists staring at Israel, I think it is fair to say that Liberman’s utterances veer on the queer.
He ought to have cut out at that point and move on. Regretfully, impressed by his own rhetoric, he did not. He carried on to strengthen his argument by comparing the state of military preparedness in the north to that in the south by using comparative figures of military expenditures on the two fronts. His figures informed us that on a per capita basis, the government is spending substantial sums for the defence of the south and paltry sums for the defence of the north.
The Minister asserted that the situation on the southern front was fine.
And then, lo and behold, within a day or two, three Gazans, cut the security fence without any hassle, set fire to a piece of equipment and were later apprehended some 12 miles inside Israel after leisurely passing by a number of communities and turned themselves in at an IDF base in order to be arrested, charged, tried, convicted and given a prison sentence which, according to David Israel of Jewish Press, they seem to think is preferable to the harsh reality at home.
This one turned out to be only one of the four border infiltrations that occurred this week.
And during the very same week, Iron Dome missiles took off in search of bullets to shoot down.
All of which suggests that may be the situation in the south is not as good as Liberman thought.
To answer the question in the heading, I suspect that I would be far from being the only one to suggest that, at this moment, the priority for Israel’s security would be to remove Liberman. But then again, with the kind of coalition government in place, that is much easier said than could be possibly done.
Quere: In the meantime, I wonder what the world would say to Israel, if good many Muslim Palestinians of the West Bank in the territory governed by the PLO and Gaza, were to borrow a page from the work book of the three Gazans mentioned above, cross on their own volition into Israel over the pre-1967 cease-fire lines, and claim refugee status on the grounds that they escaped, just as the Eritreans and the Sudanese claim, incredible material hardship caused by horribly difficult and dangerous living conditions where governmental lawlessness is the rule; their fundamental human rights are extinguished; their dignity and safety snuffed out by dastardly Orwellian schemes and that their claim could not be turned down since their deportation would surely condemn them to death upon their return home? Would, for example, Canada and/or Sweden take them?