Caroline, United Kingdom

March 12, 2012

Yeshua is a mighty God in battle and he will always be with you.trust in him always. My question is how do you recognise a weapon or in that case where a bomb has been hidden or set..by ur enemy..wish you well and know that you are all loved by Yeshua and i personally pray for you always..

What part of Israel is most affected…whereby you give more attention in terms of security.i know the whole country as a whole needs tight security..but if i was to take a holiday in israel which part do tourist avoid most?

How do you recognize Palestinian people whenever they use kids or women or in that case a man, that is if they are coming to cause danger?

thanks

Hey Caroline,

Thanks for the kind words! As for your questions, I was in a tank unit and we really didn’t deal with explosives at all. The most I really know about is for tank mines we had huge contraptions, kind of like tractor plows that would attach to the front of our tanks in order to detonate the mine in front of the tank instead of under it. I’m sorry that doesn’t really answer your question at all. To have your question better answered I’d recommend asking one of our soldiers who served in the combat engineering unit – I’m sure they know more about explosives than you’ll care to know.

Yes, as you said, the entire State of Israel is always at risk and requires a constant security presence. Having said that, however, I believe Israel to be one of the safest places for tourism due to the excellent security the IDF provides. There are of course “hot” areas which vary from time to time based on events in the surrounding countries, however boarders are always heavily guarded areas both along the northern border as well as the border with the Gaza Strip. Again, having said that, tour groups enter Gaza and the West Bank, cross in to Egypt and Jordan every day without a hitch. As long as you’re with a tour group, you’re fine anywhere.

Your last questions is actually an extremely interesting and troubling one (if I read it right). How does the IDF correctly identify someone who has the intent of harming others? There are some telltale signs which can sometimes be good indicators. Specifically regarding suicide terrorism, which seems to be the most “popular” breed of terrorism in the region, it is quite difficult to identify a perpetrator. More often than not, the security and intelligence community of Israel will have anywhere from a good inclination to almost certain prediction of when and even where an attack will take place. The problem always is identifying a single individual within a sea of people. One of the things which makes it most difficult to identify a suicide bomber is that they are meant, even designed to blend in with the Israelis. They wear Israeli-style clothing, shave their beards and most importantly do not show signs of paranoia, being scared, excessive sweating, or any such symptoms which one would expect from a person who knows they will certainly die within the next several minutes. Furthermore, these suicide bombers are never forced to conduct suicide bombing operations, are not drunk and are not under the influence of drugs – they knowingly and willingly carry out their operation. Ever more so, these suicide bombers are said to be placid, serene, calm, even smiling in the final moments before they detonate themselves. Sometimes terrorists will even disguise themselves as religious Jews in order to further blend in – women and children also have carried out suicide terrorism. For these reasons it is incredibly hard to identify or even profile suicide terrorists. There are many, many, many different factors which complicate this scenario exponentially. I suppose the concise answer to your question is, there is no real “formula.” Security forces have to act on their feet to stop suicide terrorism. And of course, the best way to stop suicide terrorism is at its source.

I hope this answered your questions, thanks again for the words of inspiration. If you have any other questions, as always, please feel free to email me back or anyone else at the Friend a Soldier.

Take care,

Adam

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