‘Hidden Chaos in Army in Gaza’ – Israeli Major General

Israeli Major General Itzhak Brick and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Image: Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Despite gag orders imposed on the Israeli media, occasionally, new information emerges from the battlefield. And according to Itzhak Brik, it does not look good.

Israeli Major General, now retired, Itzhak Brik, revealed new information about the total mess in the Israeli army in Gaza, which is hidden from the view of the public by the media and the government. 

Brik, an important military analyst in Israel, who has served various military roles in the past and is now a fellow at the International Institute for Counter-terrorism at Israel’s Reichman University, in Herzliya, spoke to the Israeli daily newspaper Maariv about the state of the army. 

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“There is a total mess. Equipment, logistics, food, and everything that is needed to move forward does not work, because the army privatized everything to private companies,” Brik said. 

He added,

“There is no one to repair tanks immediately. Dozens of tanks are stuck until they are dragged out. The media, of course, does not talk about it but these things do not work.”

The retired general went on to say that although he tried to address the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister’s team “did not want to hear the truth so they distanced him from me.”

“I told him that the army was not ready to go to war immediately because there are soldiers who haven’t trained for five years, and there is a shortage of equipment,” Maariv quoted Brik as saying. 

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“I told him ‘Let them train and equip themselves because right now it is the public that is buying the equipment.’  Fortunately, (Netanyahu) listened to it, phoned the defense minister, and froze entry into Gaza for two weeks.”

Despite Brik’s claims, the delay in the land invasion of Gaza, which has gone horribly wrong anyway, was the outcome of fear that the Palestinian Resistance was well prepared for that scenario.

According to the spokesman for Al-Qassam Brigades, Abu Obeida, Hamas’ military wing alone has destroyed well over 1100 Israeli military vehicles. 

The vast majority of the destroyed equipment, nearly 1000, are Merkava tanks. 

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Additionally, Al-Quds Brigades and other Resistance groups have also destroyed a large number of Israeli armaments, in addition to the killing and wounding of thousands of soldiers. 

Military analysts suggest that Israel’s military woes in Gaza are deepening because an immediate pull out would be considered an outright defeat, while prolonging the war means even greater military losses. 

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 29,606 Palestinians have been killed, and 69,737 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip. 

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

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The Israeli aggression has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba.

Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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