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To: IAF ThunderPilot

Thunder:

I saw a program on the IDF's maneuver doctrine. The debaters couldn't determine from which lineage the Israeli methods had sprung: German or Soviet. Given the early adoption of these methods, and the fact that there were many immigrants from both countries at Israels founding, it could have been either. Do you have an opinion on this?


12 posted on 02/25/2005 12:01:03 PM PST by Tallguy
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To: Tallguy

Shalom Tallguy,

Since Israel is a country of immigrants, the fighting methods came from many countries.

The first methods were probably and mostly Soviet and German.

Later on, the methods came from different armies: the special forces for example, from the British special forces (some methods were adopted during the British mandate by the Haganah, while others after the establishment of the IDF).

As the years and wars passed on, Israel became a leader of fighting methods.

For example, the IDF elite unit Sayeret Matkal was based on the British SAS, but later it adopted Israeli methods, based on the experience of Israel from the Israeli-Arab wars and conflicts.

Its worth to note that today armies around the world (such as the American and Indian armies) are adopting Israeli developed methods, such as the Krav Maga, air combat skills, Israeli special forces methods, etc.


15 posted on 02/25/2005 12:21:38 PM PST by IAF ThunderPilot (The basic point of the Israel Defense Forces: -Israel cannot afford to lose a single war.)
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