Too many of those covering Israel’s war against Hamas in December and January have used the disparity in casualties as a proof that Israel utilized disproportionate force and violated international norms. The latest tactic has been to publicize the claims of a very interested party as objective fact as proof that Israel overreacted.
Israel, however, faced a real threat. But it wasn’t just the threats that the Qassams and mortars posed – and continue to pose – to its civilian population in the south. Israel faced real threats in the battlefield. Israel’s success in countering or avoiding those threats was remarkable. Elder of Ziyon observes one such success. Apparently the Iranian anti-tank missiles – which were successful in Lebanon in 2006 – did not work so well in Gaza. The Elder comments:
The frustrated terrorists are feeling betrayed by Iran, thinking that the regime had purposefully sent them duds. I am wondering if the IDF jammed the electronics on the Iranian missiles.
Israel lost a lot of soldiers in Lebanon due to those missiles. It’s entirely possible that the IDF adjusted in order to counter the threat.
Crossposted on Soccer Dad.