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So many NCOs, so few recruits to crush Hezbollah and Hamas.
F24 | Israeli army in urgent need of troops amid rising casualties in Gaza (19.06.24)
The Israeli army does not officially comment on the state of fatigue of its troops, but the signs are clear. "We are seeing examples of sooner-than-expected rotation of brigades and battalions," said Steven Wagner, historian and lecturer in international security at Brunel University London. In other words, the soldiers need more frequent breaks. The situation is complicated by increased fighting between Hezbollah and Israeli forces on Israel's northern border with Lebanon, reported the US public radio NPR. An extension of the war in the north "would be catastrophic for both Lebanon and Israel", said Bregman. "In terms of soldiers, tanks and quality of equipment everything is fine on paper for a short war. But in terms of a long war with Hezbollah, no, Israel isn't ready, and it's mainly about morale," said Omri Brinner, a Middle East analyst at the International Team for the Study of Security Verona (ITSS).  

Approve exit strategy. Israeli military to hand occupied West Bank real estate to Smotrich Finance Ministry

haaretz | Number of Israeli Hostages Still Alive in Gaza Estimated to Be as Low as 50 (20.06.24)
According to the [Pay] Wall Street Journal report, the IDF has rescued 7 hostages alive, compared to 105 brought home through a release deal and 50 that are believed to have been killed, 19 of whose bodies have been brought back to Israel by the army. Paradoxically, the success of Israel's raid could actually make the remaining hostages' conditions worse as Hamas moves them to more secure locations.
by Cat on Sat Jun 22nd, 2024 at 02:11:01 AM EST
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