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Ashura 2019


Ynet Ridicules “Israeli” Military Intelligence Arrogance on Hezbollah, Hamas 

Ynet Ridicules “Israeli” Military Intelligence Arrogance on Hezbollah, Hamas 
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By Staff, Ynet

“Know your limits” are three words that best reflect a “Ynet” opinion piece that slammed “Israeli” head of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Tamir Heyman Wednesday statements.

Under the title “The arrogance of “Israel's” Military Intelligence”, Ynet said: “On Wednesday, the, made three statements that should give us pause - one on Hezbollah, one on Hamas and a third on Russian involvement in the Middle East.”

According to the daily, “The common denominator of all three was an element of arrogance, which comes despite the major crisis currently shaking the intelligence branch. Surely the “Israeli” army’s leadership should be dealing with its rehabilitation, not making unnecessary boasts.”

Commenting on Heyman’s statements, Ynet viewed that the first arrogant statement was directed at Hezbollah.

"We do not need [Hezbollah chief (Sayyed) Hassan] Nasrallah to tell us the status of his precision missile project. We know better than he does," Heyman bragged. 

The daily further added: “the head of the “Israeli” Military Intelligence found himself embroiled in one of Nasrallah's mind games.  “

“Let’s talk for a minute about Israeli intelligence and Hezbollah, shall we?” it added noting that “For many years the organization managed to dig tunnels along “Israel's” northern border. One of them was particularly strategic, carved from rock to a depth of 80 meters and a length of 700 meters, all the way to the outskirts of Zarit.”

Ynet further highlighted that “this tunnel was only spotted by the “Israeli” army this year and revealed to the public just a week ago.”

“And thus the “Israeli” perception of the tunnels completely falls apart given that every member of the “Israeli” army brass claimed all these years that Hezbollah was not digging tunnels, because unlike Hamas, it only needed to cross a fence. Besides, digging into the rock is so difficult and complex that it is not worthwhile investing much effort such an endeavor.”

The second statement shows that “Israel” has also not learned any lessons from its dealings with Hamas.
"Hamas is very deterred from war," said the head of the intelligence branch, a statement uttered by his predecessor Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and the head of the Shin Bet on the eve of the 2014 war in Gaza. “This also turned out to be not entirely true,” the daily underscored.

It went on to say: “After each round, everyone was informed that Hamas had been deterred and did not seek another confrontation. And in every case it emerged that this assessments was baseless.”

Ynet went on to say “Just last month, Hamas and Islamic Jihad were so deterred that they only launched a record 700 rockets at Israel, killing four “Israelis”.”

“It’s not really clear what was going through the mind of Maj. Gen. Heyman when he prepared his speech, and why no one stopped him, perhaps for example a serving chief of staff who also was also head of Military Intelligence and who has also found himself in hot water for his bold statements,” the daily concluded.