An incomplete hypothesis
|Yes, this is fairly normal in Israel. Personally I think the Tavor TAR-21 might be better suited for buying, uh, feminine hygiene products, though- don't you agree?|
The Arabs are what the sociologists like to call “amoral familists.” This means that they are nearly or totally incapable of forming bonds of love and loyalty with anyone not a blood relation. Even then, the degree of blood relation determines where loyalty legitimately lies. The saying in the area is: “Me and my brother against my cousin; me, my brother and my cousin against the world.” This not only allows a superior to extort baksheesh from non-relations, but identifies him as an idiot – a weak idiot, actually – if he does not.
The Arab private? He’s no more a coward than anybody else. Indeed, as an individual, I might rate him above, or even substantially above, the human norm. But he is just one man, alone.
With us, the very broad us within the western military tradition and some eastern military traditions, or with Israelis, who are very western, “It’s all of us against all of them. They’re toast.” With him? With that poor dumb-shit Arab private? “It’s all of them against me alone. I’m toast.” He knows no one in his unit cares about him; after all, he doesn’t care about any of them, either. They’re just not family. So when that private is placed in the loneliest position in the world, the modern battlefield? He runs or surrenders at the first sign things are going badly. (He’ll be fine as long as they are going well, though. Note: Things rarely go well.) Defeat is a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy that has been fulfilled so often at this point that an Arab who didn’t expect it probably ought be locked up for his own good.
Add in the fantasy mindset. Don’t forget “Insh’allah,” (Which is like “mañana,” but without the sense of urgency) which makes it somewhat impious to train really well since it is all the will of God anyway. Insh’allah also provides an excuse for bad behavior on the battlefield. Add in a set of social values that despise and loathe physical labor.
Militarily, they’ve got nothing going for them.
This may piss some people off; the Israelis have routinely stomped the Arabs so badly not because the Israelis are so great. In fact, outside of a few units the Israelis are just decent citizen soldier militia, nothing very special. But fighting the Arabs even just decent militia can shine.
Me against my brother; me and my brother against my cousin; my family against my tribe; my tribe against the world.
Iron Dome? Note that I mentioned “transportable,” above. A 3.3 megaton nuke, carried on a freighter or a yacht, and detonated just offshore of Tel Aviv, kills about three quarters of a million people and injures another one million, one hundred thousand. Setting off another one at Haifa gets another three quarters of a million, fairly evenly split between dead and injured. Another one set off in the Arab quarter of Jerusalem gets another million and a half, many of them Arab, but so? I think Hamas has already demonstrated a certain willingness to kill Arabs if it means killing Jews, too, and about two thirds of the dead and injured would be Jews. Better still, a lot of the Arabs would be Christian Arabs, so likely “good riddance to bad rubbish” from Hamas’ point of view. And Iranians generally despise and detest Arabs [Didact: This is very true. The Iranians have a massive- and at present, entirely unfounded- superiority complex over, well, pretty much everyone, but especially over Arabs.], anyway, as do Turks [Didact: Also very true], should they enter the nuclear club. That’s from three bombs, just three. Iron Dome can’t stop them. Afterwards, between a quarter and a third or so of Israel’s Jewish population is gone.
So why hasn’t Israel put on a full court press to stop the Iranian nuclear program? They can’t. They may have the planes to do some limited good. They may even have the intelligence to do at least that little bit of good. It is very likely that they have express Saudi permission to overfly anything they bloody well need to or want to to get the Iranian nuclear program.
Even with all that, they lack the aerial refueling capability to keep it up.
Ground invasion? That would probably be an impossible sell to the Arabs between Israel and Iran, but even if not, as with aerial refueling, Israel’s army is designed for defense close to Israel’s borders. They can’t support much of a long distance campaign, not enough, in any case, to take on Iran with any chance of success. It would also be so slow that the key personnel and equipment would never be found before evacuation… or after. In short, the most Israel can do is maybe buy a little time, but at an exorbitant price.
At the time, the "experts" thought that it would be impossible for the Jewish state to survive. They thought that the Jews would be driven into the sea, shattered by superior numbers and armaments, wiped out by a ruthless Arab offensive that attacked Israel from pretty much every direction.
They were utterly wrong.
And the Israelis didn't just prove them wrong by crushing their enemies. They built a nation unlike any other on Earth- a nation that is one of the only countries in the world that is actually getting greener and more ecologically friendly by the day, while the rest of the world deals with increasing desertification and pollution.