I learnt the other day, and with great interest I must add, that 300 employees of Israel Military Industries, which is currently state owned (IMI), and in all places located in Nazareth (the childhood home of Jesus), haven’t left their assembly lines for a minute in the past four weeks. They have been working tirelessly in shifts, 24 hours a day, to ensure a regular supply and delivery of 5.56 mm bullets to Israel Defence Forces soldiers.
Others at the factory have been hard at work turning out highly sophisticated Kalanit and Hatzav tank shells for the Artillery. The shells, which are fired above heads exploded in mid-air releasing shrapnel and has been used on such a massive scale in Operation Protective Edge. We have all seen the horrible devastating effect such weaponry has had particularly on children.
For several years now IMI has been very quietly developing more sophisticated products than just the run of the mill bullets, rifles or hand grenades. For example, its new, super-smart MPR-500 multi-purpose rigid bomb, which is designed to penetrate reinforced concrete structures and other difficult targets, MPR-500 penetrates straight through four multi-level floors and double reinforced concrete walls, or over 1 meter of monolithic double reinforced concrete target. The system is operational and in production, was first used operationally in Protective Edge.
There are now a number of companies in Israel that make and market weapons and arms for supply around the world, the history of the arms industry in Israel is as you would expect state-owned, however, times are changing things here as well, would you believe by way of privatisation of what is considered a very profitable and lucrative overseas business for Israel, so much so that Operation Protective Edge (such an outrageous name), has been a testing ground for the development of new more sophisticated weapons, and now they are expecting their battle-tested products will win them new customers and orders, of course as we all know the people of Gaza are the targets, a classroom to test its equipment with close adherence and literally.
One unit of IMI already privatized. Israel Weapon Industries, which makes the Tavor assault rifle that is used today by most of the infantry, is owned by Samy Katsav and is considered one of the world’s six leading light-weapons manufactures. The SK Group comprises of several companies that supply the IDF. Samy Katsav went from arms dealer to the Shah of Iran to an arms industry mogul, buying up state companies that were losing big-time and turning them into world leaders.
Katsav has been in the Israeli arms industry for more than 40 years, and made his fortune that way. He controls companies worth a total of more than 1.5 billion.
The man who made a fair share of his fortune by buying government companies from the State of Israel may get two gigantic opportunities in the next few years: Two of the biggest arms companies in Israel may be totally privatized, IMI and Israel Aerospace Industries
So confident is this blood dripping Israeli industry that one director is quoted as saying: “After every campaign of the kind that is now taking place in Gaza, we see an increase in the number of customers from abroad,” adding, “Of course, we marketing abroad aggressively, but IDF operations definitely affect marketing activity.”
The Israelis consider that ‘battle-tested” is the best marketing slogan for defense industries the world over, so for Israeli military manufactures they think that Operation Protective Edge has yielded a major competitive edge like drinking a very strong energy drink, but it’s so sickening.
By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, members of the US Congress, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama have aided and abetted the commission of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity by Israeli officials and commanders in Gaza. An individual can be convicted of a war crime, genocide or a crime against humanity in the International Criminal Court (ICC) if he or she "aids, abets or otherwise assists" in the commission or attempted commission of the crime, "including providing the means for its commission."
There is growing evidence that Israeli leaders and commanders have committed the following war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity as defined in the Rome Statute for the ICC. US military aid has aided, abetted and assisted the commission of these crimes by providing Israel with the military means to commit them.
During Operation Protective Edge, Israeli forces again used the Dahiye Doctrine (see note at bottom of post), which, according to the UN Human Rights Council Report involves "the application of disproportionate force and causing of great damage and destruction to civilian property and infrastructure, and suffering to civilian populations."
Since 2012, the US has sent $276 million worth of weapons and munitions to Israel, not including exports of military transport equipment and high technologies. From January to May 2014, the US transferred to Israel almost $27 million for rocket launchers, $9.3 million worth of parts of guided missiles and nearly $762,000 for bombs, grenades and munitions of war.
On July 20, 2014, Israel requested additional ammunition, including 140mm tank rounds and 40mm illumination grenades, and the Defense Department approved the sale three days later. It came from a $1 billion stockpile of ammunition the US military stores in Israel for that country's use; it is called War Reserve Stockpile Ammunition-Israel. In early August 2014, both houses of Congress overwhelmingly passed, and Obama signed, an appropriation of $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, which has also been used in Gaza. The Senate vote was unanimous. With no debate, the House of Representatives voted 395 to 8 to approve the deal.
Dahiya doctrine (note)
The Dahiya doctrine is a military strategy put forth by the Israeli general Gadi Eizenkot that pertains to asymmetric warfare in an urban setting, in which the army deliberately targets civilian infrastructure, as a means of inducing suffering for the civilian population, thereby establishing deterrence. The doctrine is named after a southern suburb in Beirut with large apartment buildings which were flattened by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) during the 2006 Lebanon War. Israel has been accused of implementing the strategy during the Gaza War.