The attack which took place on Wednesday morning where two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were injured occurred on a normal Israeli road in northern Israel where thousands of vehicles travel  by every day.It happens that the two vehicles that were hit held Israeli soldiers.If you live in Israel and follow the five Israel radio Hebrew news stations, as I do, you would have heard each Israeli news station conjecture that  the Syrians attacked a road leading to the northern Israeli army post  at Har Dov.

The frequent comments on all five Israeli radio news networks mentioned , in anger, that the vehicles did not have heavy armored protection to shield them from missile attacks.

Since my two sons were stationed at Har Dov during their mandatory service, and  since I have guided reporters who cover the area, I know that it is  understood norm that the IDF does protect the IDF base at Har Dov and that the IDF does protect vehicles on the immediate access road to the IDF base… but the IDF has never had a reason to protect the vehicles on the “Northern Road” that all citizens of northern Israel use, including the Druze villagers of northern Israel.

Since when does the IDF protect vehicles on a normal civilian road inside Israel, even if it is not far from the border?

However,  thanks to the repeated misleading news reports in Israel.  the people of Israel are universally under the impression that the Syrians fired their sophisticated anti tank weapons at an access road leading to an IDF army base, and the blame must therefore be with the IDF for not protecting the vehicles of the ID soldiers.

To make matters worse, The Israel Broadcasting Authority Military correspondent chimed in all day that “neither side wants an escalation in fighting.  Therefore, you would infer that this must be an isolated incident

Since when does the IBA have correspondent who interviews officials in Teheran, Damascus or Beirut to confirm her assessment that the other side really “does not want escalation”?

Bottom line: Syria or Hizbullah,  or both,fostered a  precedent on January 28, 2015.

They blew up a vehicle traveling on a normal Israeli road and got away with it.

At the same time, official Israeli media induced the people of Israel into a state of mass insomnia.

I am 100% sure that the vast majority of people in Israel will draw the conclusion at the funeral for the two young IDF soldiers  that the Syrians launched an attack near  their IDF army base.  The reality in otherwise.


  1. Why is so much of Israel’s radio and tv media so left-wing? In fact, it’s not only in Israel, but all over the western world. The USA has a few exceptions, but since Arutz7 radio was closed down more than a decade ago, Israel doesn’t. Isn’t there some way this could be changed? At least the internet gives us a bit of a choice, but it’s hard to know what’s truth and what’s off the wall.

  2. Very astute, as usual.

    I have been making the same two points:
    1-About it taking place on a civilian road
    2-How not only the media but our leaders and the entire world make a “tit for tat” moral eqivalence betwen our interdicting a terrorist gathering bent on planning destruction and murder and their attack on our force. It’s inappropriate!

    On a personal front see note I passed to some friends yesterday:

    My son Kivi called me just after today’s funeral at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem for his friend: Givati company commander Maj. Yochay “Joucha” Kalangel.

    I canceled everything and ran to sit with him on his way home and hear what he had to say about the last few days.

    Early Tuesday morning Kivi -who is responsible for combat fitness -swooped down on Joucha’s company near the Nebi Moussa base in the Judean wilderness to administer a rigorous fitness test for the entire company. It was a retest to allow Joucha’s unit to improve their score from the previous month.

    Joucha kiddingly bitched about Kivi’s setting the passing grade for Givati units at 85 when the IDF standard is 65. Then Joucha turned to his soldiers and told them to push themselves harder as a present for his daughter, who celebrated her first birthday that day.

    Of course they succeeded and went together as a unit to celebrate with Joucha and his wife, who is again pregnant, and assemble toys for their little girl.

    The unit was scrambled to the northern border in the middle of the night. Early Wednesday morning Joucha led his commanders to drive along the border road (open to civilian vehicles) in a routine orientation ride to acquaint themselves with the area.

    Hezbollah’s well planned ambush hit Joucha’s lead car along with several other vehicles.

    At today’s funeral Joucha’s father sobbed that it would be natural for Joucha to be burying him.

    May his memory be a blessing

    Kivi had the picture below in his phone from a friendly meeting just last week.


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