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"Dahiya" Author Eisenkott Named Next IDF Chief

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General Gadi Eisenkott
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced this week that on February 15, 2015, Major General Gadi Eisenkott (above) will be sworn in as Chief of Staff of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces).

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General Eisenkott is well-known in Israel as the author of Israel's military Dahiya Doctrine, which he first enunciated in October 2008 while serving as commander of the IDF's northern front.

The Doctrine is not well-known outside of Israel, as a cursory glance at even recent Western media reveals. For the West, General Eizenkott is just another Israeli military leader.

Within Israel, the right-wing Times of Israel omitted the Dahiya Doctrine from its announcement story. Dahiya? Already well entrenched in Israel's military strategic structure. Look at the record.

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The record is unmistakable and distressing. Israel deals with its Palestinian and Lebanese neighbors in terms of total annihilation, a reality known to those Western political leaders who rushed to support Israel's 2014 Gaza invasion with a mantra dictated from Tel Aviv, "Israel has a right to defend itself."

American leaders, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and virtually every politician facing future reelection campaigns, will have to confront whatever ultimate judgement awaits them, knowing the words, "Israel has a right to defend itself" are inscribed on their eternal ledgers.

Imagine the deathbed scenes:

Grandchildren and great grandchildren will ask the soon-to-be deceased, "What did you do for the least of these?"

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I do not know what Obama, Clinton, and the other politicians with the power to help, will say.

But I do know I will have to respond, "Not nearly enough."

Thanks to a posting from my Hebrew reading/speaking ever-reliable Jewish Seattle blogger colleague, Richard Silverstein's background on General Eisenkott, I was led to do my own research far away from the mainstream media. Here is what I found on the record:

Dahiya takes its name from a Lebanese suburb destroyed by the IDF in 2006. This doctrine was operational in three successive IDF invasions of Gaza in 2008, 2012 and most recently, in July and August of this past summer.

Based on recent history, there is no reason to doubt that future invasions are already being planned.

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James Wall served as a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 1999 through 2017. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced (more...)
 

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