MembersNeighborhood wake-up call

Two Israeli analysts try to rouse the nation from a peaceful dream.

By David Shishkoff | | Topics: Hamas, Gaza
Zvi Yehezkeli. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

In the aftermath of the October 7th earthquake, even before the war ends and we backtrack to unravel how the Hamas surprise attack could have caught us snoozing, we already ask, “Can secular IDF intel officers really experientially know what it means to be a fundamentalist Muslim, and fully anticipate the radical actions of a mindset so completely outside their own?”

As that question hums in midair, just above the continuing October 7th ground tremors, several Israeli Middle East experts are being heard like never before. These analysts were until recently considered “alarmists” or “hate-mongers.” Today, they express the consensus of many who were left-wing, “peace-now” Israelis just a few months ago. Both happen to be Orthodox Jews.

Traumatic motivation to warn

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli of Polish-Jewish background, was drafted in 1970, learned Arabic and rose through the ranks of IDF Intelligence – translating intel during the Yom Kippur surprise attack, and eventually retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1995. Today he is an academic and popular public analyst.

Kedar warned Israelis that...

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