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Palestinians probing IDF’s weaknesses

And Israeli Merkava 4 tank was destroyed this week by an anti-tank rocket.

This is significant, because it reveals that these weapons are available to the Palestinian resistance. As we saw last year in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s arsenal of anti-tank weaponry had a major influence over the outcome of that conflict.

5 comments ↪
  • Sol Salbe

    If a tank is destroyed by a rocket the chances of three crew members escaping unharmed and two suffering only minor injuries are pretty slim. It will certainly be a first on my reading. Maybe that's the reason no other news service that I have seen as picked it up? There's plenty of fertile imagination in all sides of the Israeli Palestinian conflict so bloggers need a steady supply of granules of sodium chloride. Get some soon.

    Sol Salbe
    Middle East News Service
    Melbourne Australia

  • BenZ

    And [sic] Israeli Markava 4 tank

    It's Merkava, actually. As anyone who knows anything about the Israeli military would know. Hell, even the Arab newspaper you linked to managed to spell it correctly.

    Unfortunately, Andre the sub-literate stooge once again didn't even bother reading it before jumping to a typically flawed conclusion. Two pathetic errors in the first sentence alone.

    I guess he was just too excited that the Islamofascists now have another weapon at their disposal.

  • viva peace

    Heven't all those tedious so-called "Palestinians" blown themselves to pieces yet? For god sake, hurry up. I've just returned from a wonderful break on Koh Samui, where there was no mention of the wretches, so I'd assumed their Death Cult had finally achieved its aim. Of course, the poor Thais also have a problem with the filth.

  • Andre

    Sol,

    If a tank is destroyed by a rocket the chances of three crew members escaping unharmed and two suffering only minor injuries are pretty slim.

    It seems that there are too many variables to consider, like what part of the tank was hit and what minimum damage needs to be inflicted to render it useless. Also bear in mind, and mentioned in this article, that since the Lebanon war, Israel has taken measures to offset the vulnerability of their tanks, so that might explain the reason the three soldiers survived the attack. You could be right of course, but it would not be the first time such an coincident was was glossed over by most news sources, so while you might fancy yourself as a gatekeeper of news sources coming out of the ME, don't take it personally. The Kuwawiti News agency has demonstrated itself to have been a pro western tool on more than one occasion, which leads one to believe there must have been sufficient reason to report this incident.

    Viva

    What do the Palestinians have to do with Thailand?

    And was it really a “break” or was the purpose of the trip really to satisfy your appetite for something m ore carnal other than your lust for Arab blood?

    BenZ,

    I know how anxious you must be over this incident. Another weakness that was exposed during the Lebanon war was that IDF troops (having become accustomed to attacking unarmed enemies and the sense of invincibility that comes from sitting at the controls of a tank, helicopter or jet fighter) were unwilling to put their lives on the line. Without that security blanket, and a slightly more leveled playing field, how long will the already bruised morale of the IDF endure?

  • BenZ

    And Israeli Merkava

    Well done Andre, you surreptitiously corrected the spelling of Merkava. You didn't correc the first word in your sentence though. Even though I previously pointed it out.

    Is it hard being sub-literate? Does it hurt?

    Clearly being a moron doesn't seem to bother you.

    What do the Palestinians have to do with Thailand?

    It's all about Islam.