The Arab media follows domestic political developments in Israel very closely. “With friends like these, who needs enemies?” left- and right-wing Israelis say of one another. In the midst of such a fierce internal feud, we are making things easy on our enemies. We do the work for them and signal just how divided we are. This was really highlighted when IDF officers and soldiers threatened to refuse to do military service, even in the event of an emergency. What a dream for those who hate Israel.
The whole country seems to be on edge like never before since the latest change of government and amidst the ongoing dispute over judicial reform. Everyone is warning that the worst could happen, and our Arab enemies know how to exploit this apprehension. They don’t even need to invent narratives. Arab media is quoting word-for-word what Israeli politicians and military figures are saying in their dire assessments of the situation. At present, things look very encouraging for Israel’s most dedicated foes. The impression given to them by the Israeli media is that the IDF is on the verge of mutiny or collapse. Every evening reports of fighter pilots or officers from the cyber intelligence Unit 8200 and other special forces threatening to refuse orders. Former chiefs of staff and other high-ranking generals directly or indirectly calling for insubordination.
A few examples of how the Arab and Iranian media are happily reporting on the situation in Israel:
You buy stocks when they’re cheap and you attack the enemy when they’re weak. That is why Israel must be doubly vigilant at this time. In the meantime, I want to believe that all the bluster of refusing orders notwithstanding, in the event of a war Israelis will put aside their differences and fight shoulder-to-shoulder. If not, we are doomed to repeat the darker chapters of Jewish history when chaos and internal strife defeated us from within.
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