ISRAEL - Was It a Resounding Victory for the IDF?

Arno Froese

The 11 days of fighting in Gaza that made up what the Israel Defense Forces calls Operation Guardian of the Walls constituted the first major conflict overseen by army chief Aviv Kohavi. The results were at best a mixed bag, despite claims by military and political leaders of unprecedented achievements. 

Due mostly to a lack of precise intelligence, the IDF was unable to destroy the lion’s share of the terror groups’ existing arsenals of rockets, Israeli military officials acknowledge. While the IDF developed techniques to somewhat address this rocket fire during the conflict, according to a senior IDF Southern Command officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad were overwhelmingly free to launch massive barrages at major Israeli population centers and key infrastructure. The IDF destroyed some 850 of the more than 15,000 rockets that the terror groups had between them going into the conflict, according to Israeli military tallies. 

If Operation Guardian of the Walls was a test run for a fight against Hezbollah, with its 190,000 rockets and mortar shells, including a number of precision-guided missiles and long-range munitions, the IDF General Staff recognizes that it will have to quickly learn some significant lessons on how to halt these types of attacks before they occur and not only rely on the Iron Dome anti-missile system and other defensive measures to protect Israel’s civilian population and critical infrastructure after they’ve been launched. 

Hundreds upon hundreds of rockets were fired at the city over the course of the fighting, including nearly 150 in one fusillade, effectively overwhelming the otherwise successful Iron Dome missile defense system, which also suffered a malfunction at the time of the attack that was quickly fixed, according to the IDF. Two women were killed in the barrage and dozens more were injured. This was far from the first time that Ashkelon has been targeted by rocket fire, yet between one-third and one-quarter of the city lacks proper, accessible bomb shelters, a fact that has been well documented in multiple state comptroller reports, including one last year., 23 May 2021

Arno's Commentary

Israel operates the world’s most effective military force. They are guided by an intelligence-gathering system second to none. The high-tech military hardware and software are the only ones with actual tests in the real-time world.

Yet, Hamas terrorists in the south and Hezbollah terrorists in the north can, at will, inflict damage on Israel’s infrastructure. 

One thing to realize is that the world’s news media—and there is no exception—sees the entire conflict from a different angle. Civilians are being killed; that is very detrimental to Israel’s public relations campaigns. What will be the outcome? There seems to be no other avenue but compromise on both sides. That would be most difficult for the terrorist organizations, who outright reject the existence of the state of Israel. Nevertheless, it is our understanding—based on Bible prophecy—that some type of lasting peace will be established. Negotiations will continue, compromises will be made, and some degree of coexistence will be implemented, but we repeat: it’s just temporary. 

The real reason for the conflict is not Hamas, Hezbollah, or any other group by any other name, but the world’s total rejection of God’s Word. All nations stand in opposition to Genesis 15:18: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.” We note the words in past tense, “have I given this land.” In plain language, it’s a done deal, but not yet visibly implemented. That does not just concern the Middle East, but the whole world.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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