Shlomo Alegra

Afghanistan a Lesson for Israel

American withdrawal from Afghanistan has been a complete disaster for the Native Afghans now suffering under Taliban rule and American confidence.

Even though there was unlimited spending with billions of dollars going into the pockets of defense companies and contractors with no real oversight.

American withdrawal has shown how the US has completely abandoned their own allies in Afghanistan and will possibly abandon their other allies around the world.

Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon was perhaps not as disastrous as Afghanistan, but has many similarities.

Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982 after a series of terrorist incursion of the PLO from Lebanon into Northern Israel.

After a huge amount of public outcry over casualties being suffered on the northern border Israel finally exiled the PLO to Tunisia.

Similarly the United States invaded Afghanistan after the September 11th attacks and the Taliban’s refusal to turn over Osama Bin Laden.

Both countries spent almost two decades occupying both countries and created armies made of the native population to fight terrorism.

Both countries did a quick withdrawal leaving terrorists to take power in the country.

Quick withdrawal in Afghanistan led to the collapse of the American funded Afghan Army that took many losses fighting terrorism.

Quick withdrawal in Lebanon by Israel led to the complete collapse of the Southern Lebanese Army with many fleeing to the safety of Israel.

If the United States were to learn from Israel’s mistake in its withdrawal from Lebanon, the Afghanistan debacle may have never happened.

Now it is Israel’s turn to learn from the American debacle in Afghanistan incase Israel ever finds itself in the distant future occupying another country.

In the case of Israel forming an military force from the native population, the native military force should be given all the tools and assistance from the occupying military when help is requested.

Israeli spending in the occupation of another country until there can be a transfer of power must have serious oversight of where the spending is going.

Withdrawal of the country can only happen when the native army set up by the occupying power is competent enough to defend itself with little support of the former occupying power if requested.

Without these conditions being met there will be a repetition of the Lebanon debacle in the future.

About the Author
Shlomo was born in Miami, Florida in 1989 and moved to Israel in 2012. He holds a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Political Science and served in the IDF as a combat soldier in the Netzach Yehuda Battalion. After serving in the military Shlomo studied in Yeshivat Shavie Hevron where he lived in Hebron. He now lives in Kiryat Arba, is a proud reservist in the Golani Brigade, and is a blogger for the Times of Israel.
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