Ex-Israeli general warned on Thursday that the occupation military is deliberately closing its eyes to its lack of preparedness for war.
Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brick, the IOF ombudsman who retired today, said in an interview with Kan 11 Israeli television: “If there is a war, the trauma of Yom Kippur will be a walk in the park in comparison.”
Brick was referring to the October War of 1973 between the Zionist entity and a coalition of Arab states, which brought Tel Aviv to the brink of defeat and nearly sparked a wider war between the United States and the Soviet Union, whom supported opposite sides in the conflict.
“We are building the army into a situation where it can give an answer to two threats: Lebanon and Gaza. There seems to have been a change in the Middle East, the Syrians have returned. The main threat that has not been taken into consideration is near us. Our army is built for a region-and-a-half. How do you build an army without taking changes in the Middle East into consideration? It’s irresponsible at a national level,” he added.
“The deepest secret of the army, that they do everything to keep safe, is that what happens in the army stays there. They have been doing it with amazing success until today, until this Brick comes and bursts the bubble,” Brick went on saying.
“How do you build an army without taking changes in the Middle East into consideration? It’s irresponsible at a national level,” he noted.
Prior to his retirement, Brick repeatedly criticized the military over what he perceived as its dangerous unpreparedness for war. Last June, he cited an acute shortage of doctors and psychiatrists, as well as cost-cutting measures, which he said had a negative effect on the morale of young officers.
Source: Israeli media