IDF watchdog: Israel’s military is not ready for the next war

Maj. Gen (res.) Yitzhak Brick, IDF ombudsman, concludes in his confidential 2017 report that Israel is not ready for the next war. He shared some of his findings with reporters on Monday, June 25:

  • Training sessions for reserve units do not focus on their prospective assignments in the next potential war.
  • Depots holding emergency supplies of war materiel are not properly maintained and much of the equipment is not fit for operational use.
  • The IDF has been unable to combat the prevalence of smartphone use by officers and other ranks. Their ingrained use of Whatsap betrays their location to the enemy and undermines discipline. Field intelligence is only partly functional. Seven months ago, the IDF announced the issue to combat units of encrypted cell phones, the development of which cost the vast sum of $100m. What happened to those phones?
  • Military medical services for field units are sub-standard due to the grave shortage of medical staff and doctors.
  • The curtailment of service for male conscripts has led to a serious manpower shortfall especially in combat units. Gen. Brick concludes that the scale of IDF manpower is not up to the challenges of a future war.
  • He said in conclusion: “Had you seen the classified communications the various security branches exchange internally you would fall off your feet.”

DEBKAfile asks who should be held accountable for the IDF ombudsman’s findings? The former defense minister, Moshe Ya’alon or the incumbent Avigdor Lieberman? The former chief of staff Lt. Gen. (res.) Benny Gantz or his successor, Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot?

The IDF predictably rebuffs Gen. Brick’s conclusions, maintaining that even after the curtailment of service, the ranks of captain and major in combat units are fully staffed. The current 40,000 career servicemen are commensurate in scale with the IDF’s operational needs and its tasks, and a high-quality command reserve is in hand. Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi is leading a detailed scrutiny of the shortcomings the ombudsman disclosed.


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17 thoughts on “IDF watchdog: Israel’s military is not ready for the next war

  • Jun 26, 2018 @ 13:23 at 13:23

    Maybe reserves aren’t prepared because they train to fight and then get told to not shoot the Palys? Confusing even for someone never been on the military.
    Time to get hard israel and do away with the vermin

  • Jun 26, 2018 @ 14:28 at 14:28

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ???
    “Manpower is not up to the challenges of a future war”
    This is not Ok!

    • Jun 28, 2018 @ 15:19 at 15:19

      in what context? potential conflicts range from border riots in gaza to 150,000 rockets from hezbollah to a full-scale long-distance war with iran. or all 3 at once. but there are no conventional armies of neighbouring countries standing by to attack. egypt, jordan and saudi arabia are not going to fight, and lebanon and syria cannot. so regardless of the manpower of combat units, what is the idf’s mission likely to be?

  • Jun 26, 2018 @ 18:23 at 18:23

    It would be good to know the criteria of the ombudsman’s report.

    Without knowing who this “Future war” scenario foe is its largely meaning less. Who are our enemies, Hesbula, Syria, Iran, Hamas and of these who are we likely to conduct a ground war against?

    – Hesbula is a minor power, its danger are its rockets
    – Syria is not a real concern, the country is largely destroyed and will take many decades to recover
    – Iran has a few thousand personal in Syria, so what its not a danger. Any real attack by Iran against us would bring in the US. Iran has no way to deal with the IAF, so let them come…

    So unless we are looking to perform a ground war against Iran, Turkey, France, Russia or any other major power how is our military posture not more than sufficient?

    If anything we should be reducing the defense budget and moving those funds into education and R&D.

    This sounds like a someone is in the early phases of building business case for more $$$$.

    • Jun 26, 2018 @ 21:38 at 21:38

      The United States is pressing its allies to completely cut their oil imports from Iran by Nov. 5, a senior State Department official said Tuesday. President Trump appears likely to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month after his trips to Brussels and the United Kingdom, with Helsinki, Finland, serving as the potential venue, according to multiple reports. A Coup on Iran Regime is without a doubt in the Plans.

    • Jun 26, 2018 @ 23:01 at 23:01

      Threat is considered a war at all fronts + Iran

  • Jun 27, 2018 @ 2:36 at 2:36

    The soldiers are pretty sloppy with their social media posts. As are civilians.

  • Jun 27, 2018 @ 2:55 at 2:55

    These critics don’t necessarily know for a fact (and neither do I) what Israel’s next war will look like. The Prime Minister was afforded an “honored” place in the gallery, overlooking the Russian military parade, showing off some of their most impressive stuff. I don’t think Netanyahu was invited because he wants to buy Russian. He was invited to witness what Russian military assets Israel might face, if Israel continues its policy of engagement in Syria or tries to go after bigger game.
    Interesting that an Israeli VIP is in the USA now trying to convince Washington to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. That way, Israel would have a reason to be more aggressive if potential adversaries get too close. As it stands, Washington won’t recognize an “Israeli” Golan. That complicates things. It may indicate that Israel is essentially on its own.
    Still, Israel has to be prepared for conflict, even with the former USSR, at least on a limited basis. And, Washington might even remove whatever American/French forces from Al Tanf and from Syria in general.
    So, this ombudsman report about Israeli military shortcomings should serve as a wake-up call, and dealt with, now. Of course a peace treaty with Iran could reduce tensions, but is that likely?

    • Jun 28, 2018 @ 15:30 at 15:30

      the only way to make peace with iran is without the ayatollahs. the iranian theocracy is pursuing a path of “mahdaviat”, which is based on precipitating the apocalypse, and destroying the world in fire. it’s the macroscopic version of “suicide bombing”, and equally immune to reasoning. unless the regime is overthrown, war is inevitable, and israel’s options are only whether to fight sooner, when the iranians are less prepared, or to wait until iran’s forces are stronger.

  • Jun 27, 2018 @ 6:37 at 6:37

    Uhhhhh I’ve got news for you……
    The next war has already begun

  • Jun 27, 2018 @ 14:03 at 14:03

    There is no next war, it is all one continuous ongoing war which began before Israel was officially re-created.

    The war is due to Islamists who cannot accept the presence of non- Muslims. They have 22 countries in the region, many created by the same mandates and resulting from the same historical events but greed and “religion” make the hate so strong that Muslims refuse Jews the smallest single country in a sea of Islamic countries.

    • Jun 28, 2018 @ 15:39 at 15:39

      islamists reject the idea of equality, whether between men and women, or between moslems and infidels. they believe non-moslems must live as “dhimmis”, tolerated second-class (or much lower) residents, with little or no rights. the very idea of the inferior jews having sovereignty in their midst is a humiliation and a heresy.

  • Jun 27, 2018 @ 17:13 at 17:13

    This happens when self-sufficiency is cultivated…

  • Jun 28, 2018 @ 20:23 at 20:23

    All the more reason to be more aggressive against hamas drones, burning kites and missiles. Don’t let hamas dictate the terms and allow them to become ever more aggressive.

    Hit back hard.

    And combine it with PR videos etc, showing/telling of the hamas terrorism to an international audience.

    Show the world that restraint doesn’t work with hamas; convince the world that Israel is the real underdog against hamas hezbollah and iran.

  • Jun 30, 2018 @ 15:58 at 15:58

    Exactly, we are not ready for the next war. Why commit suicide attacking our neighbors and the Palestinian people. We see where this will end. This is why we have recently began giving out aid to the Syrian people instead of bombing them in violation of international law. Netanyahu has changed his rhetoric slightly with Iran for this reason also. The reasoning is simple. There is one of two ways we can go with this. We either sincerely make peace with our neighbors through our actions and end our attempts at regional regime change, or we lose everything we’ve been striving for for thousands of years. Even if we attempt to goad our so called “Allies” we so love to terrorize with our false flags into bombing Syria for us, we are not prepared for the next war. This is not a joke. Hezbollah alone could take us out. Given its profound capacity to manifest empathy, instead of pot we should consider taking psychedelics, as they will allow us to in fact see others as ourselves. Mushrooms would be the best place to start. Then we’ll gain the higher neural capacity to understand how our Judaic terrorist brethren managed to make 100 bomb threats to Israeli schools the year he was incarcerated at the Nitzan Prison in Ramle for bomb threat charges to Jewish centers around the world. Then we’ll realize we are our own worst enemy and take down Netanyahu and his plans for endless war for good. In the long run we will ensure the laws in Israel treat both Palestinians and Jews as equal citizens including politically, and give the Palestinians the right of return. That way we won’t end up in another pogrom or expulsion as history has proven to us time and again. Time will heal the wounds, and allow for forgiveness to take place. And, we can willfully leave and return if we choose to without being locked in a prison of our own making which is driven by those of us bent on terrorizing our own, and our neighbors into and war. Its the best national and international security policy, and rooted in the greatest gift of all. Love.

    That is real intelligence.

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