Before the war, Brig. Gen. (res.) Yuval Bazak predicted precisely this kind of attack—but from the north. And he says it could still happen.
More and more evidence of warnings issued by people in the know are beginning to emerge. A brief excerpt from a very lengthy lecture follows below.
The man giving the briefing above (before this war started) is Brig. Gen. (res.) Yuval Bazak. Bazak describes the kind of infiltration that took place from Gaza, only into the Galilee. Hezbollah’s intend, he said, is to actually take parts of the Galilee.
So far, of course, Hezbollah has stayed out of the fighting. But what might they do if they entered? Bazak offers once scenario. Immediately above is a very brief clip of his lecture, while below, for our paid subscribers, is a longer one. We’ve added English subtitles for our readers.
Tragically, Yuval Bazak’s son, Guy Bazak z’’l, was killed in battle defending the residents of Kibbutz Kissufim on Saturday, October 7. May his memory be a blessing.
Ordinarily, we post only Israeli social media that has not gotten traction outside the Hebrew-speaking world. When it comes to videos, stills, articles or the like, we search carefully to ensure that what we’re about to share has not appeared in English elsewhere.
Today, though, we are making an exception. The following video has gotten traction, it’s the parents of Hersh Goldberg-Polin, who is being held in Gaza by Hamas, and who, it is believed, was grievously wounded by terrorists before he was kidnapped. His parents, Rachel and Jon (who live in our neighborhood and are part of our community), have asked that this video be shared far and wide.
The longer clip of Brig. Gen. (res.) Yuval Bazak follows below, but first, a few more memorable images from Israel these past days, making their way around Israeli social media.
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You may remember Shira Eting from her appearance on 60 Minutes, in “the world that was.” A former combat helicopter pilot, Shira’s comments were intentionally misrepresented (we covered the story here), creating a tempest that no one even remembers or cares about any longer.
Shira Eting is still very much around, of course, and Tweeted this comment a few days ago (we’ve moved the photo from below to the side to save space):
A Lieutenant Colonel, commander of the Caracal Battalion, recipient of a Medal of Valor. Or led the battalion with coolheaded determination during a heroic battle that lasted for hours. Together, they killed about 100 terrorists and saved the lives of many.
This all happened fifty years after Or’s mother received a Medal of Valor during the Yom Kippur War.
I hope there are no more doubts about including women in combat roles in the IDF.
Just this morning on the Channel 12 news, after they aired yet another clip about a woman combat officer who saved lives and fought “like a lion,” one of the military commentators said, “This is the war that will be known as the war that women won. They’re everywhere, doing wonders. The question about women serving in combat is now over.”
Could be. We’ll see.
And yet another woman in uniform. With a veil, though. Ever see a green bridal gown? This is probably as close as you’re going to get.
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve mentioned and posted pictures of soldiers getting married, of the bride and a few family being allowed on base. But in those pictures, he was dressed up even if his buddies were not, and she was wearing a bridal gown. Not these guys. They are Gili and Sagi, both officers (if you look carefully at their shoulders, you’ll see that she’s got a higher rank than he does), on their way to their base. No time to change. A veil and the uniform would have to do, and it apparently did.
May they, and all the thousands of others, come home safely, whole in body and in spirit.
Now, on to the longer excerpt of the lecture by Brig. Gen. (res.) Yuval Bazak, as thanks to our paid subscribers for their support of our work.