A soldier from "Oketz", an elite unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), participates in a combat
exercise. The K-9 unit specialises in training and handling canines for military operations.
It’s no longer socially acceptable to admire the warrior in America. Our society doesn’t nurture fighters. The warrior mentality is shamed while the socially challenged are championed. Many have apparently forgotten that war is an inescapable condition of humanity. Much of today’s focus is on “privilege”. The real privilege is our geography and it’s turning us into a nation of daisy’s.
Settled at the crossroads of the Arab world lies one of our closest allies, engaged in a seemingly perpetual state of war. A tiny nation roughly the size of New Jersey, Israel has poured resources into a matrix of fortifications situated among mountainous terrain, arid landscapes, strategic outlets and dense communities. It’s borders are a networked perimeter of closely guarded checkpoints, secured passages, razor wire, steel, concrete, and conscripted defenders. Citadel like structures and strategic overwatch positions encircle the nation. Sentinels stand guard.
Bombed out Egged bus terrorism terror attack 311 (R) 2.
(photo credit: Israel Defense Forces)
Despite the security measures, a cloud of potential violence hovers over the region. The possibility of terrorist attacks from within is a daily concern. In 2016, Israel saw 88 killed and 329 injured in 117 terrorist attacks. If the terrorism in America were equal to Israel, America would have seen 3,500 terrorism related deaths in 2016 when adjusted for population.
Analyzing the sheer number of attacks last year in Israel, America would need to experience well over 4,600 attacks to equal the incidence of violence, over 12 per day. This rate would resemble a war zone. To bring these numbers further into perspective, 2,392 US troops have died in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001. During the same time frame in Israel, 1,379 people died. Not abroad, not overseas, just in Israel.
Much of this is because of geography. Israel is much closer to societies scapegoating western culture for their problems. In 1967, Arab neighbors banded together in an attempt to force Israel into the sea. Unsuccessful, Israel took the opportunity to bolster strategic positions, seizing the Gaza Strip, the West Bank from Jordan, the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria. This seizure of land was in the best interest of Israel. It’s important to remember, a nation will always do what’s in its best interest strategically. It is afterall a game of chess.
Hostile nations surround Israel today. Relations with Jordan are recently cooperative, and at times have included strategic coordination, but the relationship is strained by a history of war. Syria considers Israel part of historic Syrian lands. Egypt seeks a united Arab Republic, necessitating a takeover of Israel. Saudi Arabia actively tries to prevent Egyptian expansion, in an effort to protect its own interests and monarchy.
Couple regional tensions with the likelihood of Iran gaining access to a nuclear weapon in the next decade, and the result is a security situation unparalleled in western culture. One can imagine how twelve terrorist attacks nationally per day would affect the life of the average American. Not to mention the consolidated presence of sworn enemies just a short drive away. A scenario like this is hard to relate to but would undoubtedly affect the psyche of every US citizen. Priorities would shift in favor of security. The culture of political correctness would sway to one admiring the warrior.
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Between 4th and 6th centuries BC it was commonly believed that one Spartan was as good in combat as several men from any other state. The Spartan legislatorLycurgus referred to Sparta as having a "wall of men, instead of bricks". Israel is a modern day warrior culture. Although the security situation in Israel is not desirable, the Israeli mindset can be admired. Though small, Israel has a very streamlined approach to training a conscripted military. Resource scarcity has forced the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) to improvise, adapt, and improve. Basic training for an Israeli infantry soldier is around 7 months after which he will immediately begin working in high threat areas. In Israel, preparation for warfare is a methodical approach to mental and physical toughening, where instructors are allowed to strike recruits and Krav Maga guides the mindset.
I’ve worked with former IDF soldiers including Garret Macrine (above) and more recently, 23 year IDF veteran LTC (Ret.) Mikey Hartman (below). Garret was a member of the anti terrorism unit Duvdevan while Mikey Hartman trained over 500,000 members of the IDF within a 17 year period. Born in Memphis Tennessee, Mikey moved to Israel and joined the IDF at the age of 18. An incredibly gifted shooter, he climbed the ranks quickly and gained influence among the relatively small nation. Mikey was eventually tasked with completely rewriting the IDF’s shooting doctrine. In 1993 he was put in charge of the new shooting school for the entire Israeli military. He revamped the marksmanship, the tactics, and the weapons of the IDF. Mikey’s influence was critical in turning the IDF into a truly formidable force.
The life or death situation in Israel encouraged innovative techniques and products. Mikey would go on to invent his own optic, the MH1 Hartman reflex sight(pictured above), modeled from his personal combat experiences in Israel. He is now the CEO of CAA, an Israeli based weapons developer and tasked with expanding the CAA market here in the United States. If Israel ceased to exist tomorrow, a massive power vacuum would ensue. Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Egypt would erupt into violent skirmish. Tremendous casualties would occur on all sides. In this way, Israel acts as a powerful stabilizer in the region.
But Israel isn’t just a stronghold of soldiers and citizens. It’s also a bastion of Western values. A trove of Western ideals and beliefs loosely clinging to a bit of substrate at the very intersection of Arab geopolitics. It’s not just the relative importance of Israel that appeals to my inner warrior. It’s the grim circumstances, the looming threats on the horizon, the “underdogness”. It’s the appeal of defending a like minded ally. It’s the fact that Israel still admires the warrior. The soldier in me says, that’s worth fighting for.
About the Author:
Aaron is currently the owner/operator of the indoor gun range and store Shoot Center located in Cape Coral Florida.
Aaron served for 10 years as a member of America’s elite U.S. Army Special Forces. As a “Green Beret” he had the pleasure of working with some of the finest soldiers in the military and training soldiers all over the world. After his time as the Senior Engineer of Operational Detachment Alpha 1223, Aaron helped prepare new soldiers for the rigors of Special Forces Assessment and Selection. Aaron rounded off his career as a firearms instructor at the Special Forces Weapon’s Maintenance and Training Facility located in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Aaron currently instructs active shooter intervention, pistol, and rifle courses for the renowned personal challenge company GORUCK. Having led over 100 events for GORUCK, Aaron continues to contribute to the fight here at home.
Aaron is also an NRA certified Law Enforcement Pistol Instructor as well as an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO).
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sagr1337 commented on 1/10/2017 2:56 AM
I'm OK with reading a one sided article of this situation in The Middle East but "Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Egypt would erupt into violent skirmish..." may be the most shamefully idiotic piece of predictive analysis i've ever read.
WSS commented on 1/9/2017 2:45 AM
Very good info! Folks need to know the truth. Israeli's by nature are easy going and non-warrior types. What the IDF has accomplished is phenomenal.
spiritking92 commented on 1/6/2017 8:13 PM
You can appreciate the warrior ethos of Israeli fighters but politically they are being dicks to the Palestinians. They offer peace deals that are one sided and don't meet halfway when making peace talks. Being evicted from your home, not being able to get a job, not allowed to bear arms and treated like crap, these young Palestinians have a right to be pissed as much as we do if our own government treated us the same way.
Rae6996 commented on 1/5/2017 3:09 PM
1 sided story. Shame on you Armslist for publishing something so Politically charged that you failed to respect the other side of the coin. Just as the US Supreme Court refuses to hear a Political Question -Armslist should do the same or Publish the other side Equally as well. All the Palestinians(Christian's, Muslims, Atheists) and some courageous Israelis whose Fight for Basic Freedoms are so closely related to Today's American Peoples struggles against a well-equipped, well Funded Occupying Force. Think about it people. Both are Superimposing Governments t (U.S. & Israel) that have 1 Goal... Complete Obedience. The 2 most Well-Funded, and Super-Armed Governments arguably in the World! Both Against an Unarmed People fighting for basic freedoms! Don't mistaken Freedom Fighters for Terrorists. The real terrorists are the Israeli Soldiers using Palestinian women & children as Human shields. Take the blindfolds off and ignore the Far-right Christian Propaganda you hear from your TV-Evangelists every Sunday Morning. US Govt., and Israel don't want peace but want the Land and the Resources of others, Period. I consider the Palestinians to be more like us in their daily David and Goliath Struggles against a Tyrannical Govt. and System that calls itself a Democracy. However, we are definitely Spoiled - living in Freedom and total Luxury as compared to them. I know first-hand as I've been to the Palestinian Territories and Israel on a few occasions and can actually speak firsthand!
Alphadynamics commented on 1/2/2017 6:58 PM
In response to hoa:
If by your comment you mean you don't support Israel, I'm wondering how thoroughly you have looked into the situation in the Middle East. Israel has offered peace deals to the Palestinians 4 or 5 times. Each time they were rejected. Who is the impediment to peace?
Israel occupies land that was originally theirs. The West Bank is better known to many by the Biblical names of Judea and Samaria so they now "occupy" land that they used to own and control. After WWII Britain laid out a Jewish homeland that was to be set aside for Jewish occupation so they could have a secure nation of their own. Seemed like an okay idea given that they had just been the target of an attempt of complete annihilation. The actual territory they ended up with was much smaller than what the British Balfour agreement set up. When the Brits pulled out of "Palestine", they left military armament behind in the possession of all the Arab neighbors, none for the Jews that were surrounded by these neighbors. The Arab high command encouraged all Arabs in Israel to leave Palestine temporarily until all the Jews were exterminated. Miraculously, the Jews survived the attack against what appeared to be overwhelming odds. They declared the new State of Israel in 1948. It doesn't seem to hard to understand why they didn't let those Arabs that left just prior to the attack, move back in. When attacked in 1967, again by overwhelming odds, they not only survived again by seemingly miraculous means, but they captured all of Jerusalem, their ancient capital, Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank), and parts of the Sinai. They now had a land area that could be reasonably defended from neighbors that have proven over and over by words and actions that they would like nothing better than to kill and destroy every Israeli they could find.
It could be said of every people in every country that they are a nation of occupiers and are repressive. In some cases it is a matter of perspective. Convicted felons no doubt think they live in an oppressive country. The Palestinians who continually reject peace and take every opportunity to inflict casualties on Israel think Israel is repressive. One can make a reasonable argument that their basis is weak.
Many misinformed people think the America you apparently support is one of those repressive countries. Might a reassessment of Israel in light of their history and desire to survive in a hostile region be something you would consider?
Best regards in this new year.
hoa commented on 1/1/2017 7:26 PM
I am American, and I don't support a Nation of occupiers and oppressive regime.
pahills commented on 12/29/2016 8:03 PM
For God & Country, the United States of America must support Israel ! We can't be a nation of pacifists, we would be buried by all the brute nations ! Thanks for the warrior article !