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Israeli Army: We use Gaza military operation to test new weapons

The Cast Lead Operation commander speaks bluntly on the Israel's view of Gaza as an 'ideal training zone' for its soldiers and weaponry

Saleh Naami , Wednesday 4 May 2011
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Around 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the three-week war
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Israel used the war in Gaza in 2008 as a training opportunity for its armed forces to test new weapons, designate Israeli military chief of staff has revealed.

In a speech at the Begin-Sadat Center of Strategic Affairs at Bar-Ilan University, Major General Yoav Galant said that Gaza was an “ideal training zone” as it lacks a strong enemy that could inflict serious casualties upon Israel.  

Galant was the operation commander of Israel's Cast Lead Operation on Gaza between December 2008 and January 2009 in which more than 1600 Palestinians were killed. Most of the fatalities were among women and children.

Under his command, the Israeli armed forces openly used white phosphorus shells fired from 155mm artillery guns in the crowded Gaza Strip which were .

“Although Israel's military capability is much stronger than [that of] Hamas, we consider them as our fiercest enemy,” he said.

Galant added that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip had improved their rocket firing capabilities, asserting that firing rockets “isn’t only an act of terror, it is a challenge to Israel's very existence.”

With regards to the wave of Arab uprisings, Galant expressed his view that that none of the ongoing revolutions in the Middle East have any positive short or long-term potential for the future of Israel’s security.

Galant expects that the region will represent a major instability threat as in his opinion it will be ruled by radical “Islamic extremists.”

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John Shirley
06-05-2011 10:24am
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Weapons Testing
It is no surprise to me that Israel uses Palestinians as test subjects for both US and its own weapons technologies - I suspect that this has been the case for quite a few years.
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RBishop
06-05-2011 09:25am
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War Criminal
This war criminal and his cronies were responsible for the deaths of nearly 400 children. In a sane world he and they would be called to account for this. But in the world we have, the deaths of a few hundred goyisch children are neither here nor there. But in the next world, may this man suffer for all eternity.
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Bill Major
05-05-2011 10:52pm
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Jerry
Jerry "more than half of those killed were militants" -er so that's alright then , and the other half [600 plus] were innocent men women and children? Does that excuse his admission of war crimes?
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Neil
05-05-2011 03:04am
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add this mans name to the list of. .
Israeli war criminals. He readily admits to using disproportionate force. A crime under international law
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Jerry
04-05-2011 10:39pm
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incorrect reporting
Hamas stated more than half the casualties were Hamas Security men on the first few days after Cast Lead started. Why not state Hamas qualified facts. Of more than 1200 deaths more than half were militants!!!!
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Sherif
04-05-2011 06:44pm
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Prediction of future ME stability
Regretably, General Galant's predictions about the stability of the Middle East are "spot-on"!
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