Israel’s lucrative weapons exports depend on how effectively it kills Palestinians

Was the sudden spike in violence in Gaza accidental?
During the month of March and up to the first ten days of April, 2011 violence between the Gaza strip and Israel escalated to the point where an all out conflict was looking more and more like a certainty. By the time Hamas called for a ceasefire 36 Palestinians had been killed in Israeli attacks as well as scores injured, many seriously, including a teenager on the Israeli side. 
Image- Waiting for Gaza Rockets

Tel Aviv knows all the pressure points for the imprisoned strip and does not hesitate to use them as part of its strategic arsenal. Israel keeps Gaza on a slow simmer by squeezing 1.5 million Palestinians through sanctions, restrictions, confinements, destruction of industries and infrastructure most notably electricity generation. And when needed, Israel can provoke attacks almost at will by directly shelling or bombarding populated areas with anticipated results. As reported by GishaIsrael closed the Karni Crossing at the beginning of March “further restricting the ability of Palestinian residents of Gaza to engage in dignified, productive work… currently, Israel is allowing 40% of Gaza’s need for incoming trucks, and just 1% of its outgoing needs, despite promises to lift the ban on exports. The ban on export and on incoming construction materials is preventing Gaza’s economy from recovering and is keeping its factory and construction workers unemployed and dependent on international assistance.” This highly provocative move primed an already suffering and angry population for Israel’s subsequent objectives.
On March 1st the IDF rolled out its ‘Trophy’ system that detects and destroys anti-tank missiles and RPGs. According to Ynetnews the first day of deployment a tank outfitted with Trophy destroyed a ‘coincidently well timed’ Palestinian rocket fired upon it near the security fence outside Gaza. Around March 20th violence started flaring up again when Israel started attacking and killing Gazans in earnest. At about the same time another defensive weapon called ‘Iron Dome’ was deployed which would intercept and destroy incoming short range missiles and rockets. The official acknowledgement for Iron Dome’s implementation, however, was delayed until March 27th. By then, the system had been fine tuned for accuracy, ready for its media debut.
What might appear as random acts of terrorism on both sides of this conflict, could, also be seen as inceitement to elicit attacks from Gaza that would help Israel test its weapons systems. In a twisted world where human life is subordinated to monetary profit the Iron Dome product has been funded by the U.S. with a $205 million grant but was developed for Singapore and, as well, has been pre-sold to and India, with Brazil and other countries showing a strong interest in it. But before eager armies take delivery of this sophisticated system they would like to see proof of how well it does in “Live Field Operations”. “Lacking the stamp of “battle-proven” – the hallmark of Israel’s security industries – Iron Dome cannot be exported.”  Success in the battlefield makes both Trophy and Iron Dome much more valuable in the eyes of buyers, but to test these systems a volley of rockets would have been needed from Gaza. That is not too difficult to trigger.
Israel also dominates world production and export of drones using them in Lebanon, then during Cast Lead against Gazan families. [Video. ‘And they call Hamas a Terrorist Organization’]. Tel Aviv sold UAVs to Georgia in its war against Russia and when Moscow complained it sold drones to them also. 
Hopefully by now, the IDF, and its weapons buyers are convinced that Iron Dome works well and it does not need any further testing. But to test Trophy more thoroughly Israel might feel the need to invade Gaza with its Merkava tanks to prove its effectiveness on live targets at close range.
More troubling is Israel’s mid-range missile intercept system called David’s Sling which will soon be ready for deployment but has not been proven in the field yet. If Hezbollah, allegedly possessing tens of thousands of mid-range missiles, is provoked aggressively we may have a very dangerous situation that may blow up beyond Israel’s control. Unlike Hamas, Tel Aviv does not have as much control over Hezbollah.

Source | Sajepress


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