Weekly Commentary: Is Deployment of Attack Drones In Judea and Samaria a PR
Stunt or Life Saver?
Dr. Aaron Lerner 8 September 2022
Israel Television Channel 11 News reported on 6 September that the
commanders of the Judea and Samaria Division and the Menashe Brigade (which
is responsible for Jenin) underwent training by the Israel Air Force on the
operation of attack drones. The report noted that, thanks to the
training,these commanders will be able to operate attack drones with the
Division commander having the authority to "activate" this "attack tool".
By sheer coincidence, this development was revealed just as we found
ourselves in a shouting match with America over the right of Israeli
soldiers to defend themselves.
"I will not allow an IDF soldier that was protecting himself from terrorist
fire to be prosecuted just to receive applause from abroad. No one will
dictate our rules of engagement to us, when we are the ones fighting for our
lives. Our soldiers have the full backing of the government of Israel and
the people of Israel."
Prime Minister Lapid yesterday.
Almost every time Israeli security forces enter an urban area to capture a
terrorist they find their lives on the line as gunmen in nearby buildings
and elsewhere try to murder them with a rain of bullets.
Will the attack drones be used to silence this gunfire?
Will the use of attack drones be integrated into daily operations as an
important force multiplier and even as a "first responder" in some
Since our use of attack drones is no longer a secret banned from publication
by the military censor, we will know soon enough.
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