Quotation from Gadi Siboni “With force disproportionate to the enemy's actions” — Oct. 2 2008

Colonel de réserve de l’armée, expliquant le « concept » d’Israël, commun à tous les régimes coloniaux face à tout acte de résistance : infliger le maximum de destructions et en espérer le calme.

Author : Thematics :

With an outbreak of hostilities, the IDF will need to act immediately, decisively, and with force that is disproportionate to the enemy's actions and the threat it poses. Such a response aims at inflicting damage and meting out punishment to an extent that will
demand long and expensive reconstruction processes. The strike must be carried out as quickly as possible, and must prioritize damaging assets over seeking out each and every
launcher. Punishment must be aimed at decision makers and the power elite… In Lebanon, attacks should both aim at Hizbollah’s military capabilities and should target economic interests and the centres of civilian power that support the organization.
Moreover, the closer the relationship between Hezbollah and the Lebanese Government, the more the elements of the Lebanese State infrastructure should be targeted. Such a response will create a lasting memory among … Lebanese decision makers, thereby increasing Israeli deterrence and reducing the likelihood of hostilities against Israel for an

extended period. At the same time, it will force Syria, Hizbollah, and Lebanon to commit to lengthy and resource-intensive reconstruction programmes…


Gabriel Siboni, Disproportionate Force: Israel’s Concept of Response in Light of the Second Lebanon War, INSS Insight No. 74, 2 octobre 2008: http://www.inss.org.il/publications.php?cat=21&incat=&read=2222

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