Military Technology

Israel is a leader in military technology.  This results from the fact that we are few and need the technological edge to counter the much greater numbers of our enemies. We have quality rather than quantity.

In the beginning it was sheer grit and determination, and the feeling that our backs were against the wall.  After the Shoah, the remnants of the Jewish people decided that Zionism is the only way.  The idea of “the brotherhood of man,” so seductive, so appealing, turned out to be deceptive, at the cost of millions of lives.  So the early Zionists fought the British and the Arabs, and even though outnumbered 10 to 1, they won.

But, that was not enough, the Arabs, with a  vast hinterland, could call on further millions to wipe out the “Zionist entity,” so we had to be smarter, faster and more deadly than they were.  From 1956 in the Sinai campaign, to the 1967 Six Day War, our tank battalions were far superior to the Arab forces and the Israel Air Force (IAF) always had control of the skies.  And it was the superior fighting ability and sheer grit of the Israeli soldiers that saved us after the surprise attack of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

Not many people know that Israel was the pioneer in the use of drones for military purposes, including reconnaissance and pin-point targeting of rockets.   In this area Israel is far ahead of its enemies.  Today the threat is from missiles.  So far Hamas in Gaza, using relatively primitive rockets have not managed to inflict severe damage on Israel, and every time they fire several hundred rockets, the IAF hits back at them with deadly accuracy and destroys their infrastructure.  This is a deterrent that caused them to agree to a ceasefire.

Israel has a sophisticated anti-missile system, the Iron Dome, developed with US support, that intercepts their rockets.  In the latest exchange a few weeks ago, they fired 460 rockets, of which only 120 threatened civilian areas, and of these 100 were intercepted and 20 caused damage, 100 people were injured and one person was killed, who turned out to be a Palestinian in Israel illegally.  Israel is the only country in the world with such an effective anti-missile system.   But, so far Hamas in Gaza has not been firing sophisticated guided missiles at us.  This is the current threat from Hezbollah, that has been supplied with tens of thousands of missiles by Iran, that would be far more destructive and dangerous.

Israel is a leader in the cyber area, no doubt entering Iran’s infrastructure and military computers and planting bugs, like the infamous Stuxnet.  Thru the advanced intelligence Israel has a far better inside knowledge of what the Iranians are planning than almost any other country, except perhaps the US.  The next step may be a laser gun that can shoot missiles out of the sky.  It is this superior technology that gives Israel the edge in any future military confrontation.