PM Modi compares Indian army to that of Israel’s : Here is why

The most striking characteristic feature of the Israeli army that marks it out from most other national armies is the phenomenal impact it has on overall social structure of the country.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2016 8:27 pm
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Addressing a Parivartan rally at Mandi in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi likened the Indian army’s anti-terror surgical strikes to the functioning of Israel’s defense forces. “Our army’s valour is being discussed across the country these days. We used to hear earlier that Israel has done this. The nation has seen that Indian army is no less than anybody,” he said.

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) was founded in 1948 soon after the country’s independence from the British Mandate.  The foremost priority of the forces since its inception to protect the Israeli state’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The IDF doctrine at every level of strategy is to defend the country using every means at its disposal.  The most striking characteristic feature of the Israeli army that marks it out from most other national armies is the phenomenal impact it has on overall social structure of the country.

Some major instances when the Israeli army has been involved in defense and rescue operations carried out by Israel’s defense forces include:

Operation Ezra and Nehemiah: Between 1950 and 52, the Israeli government carried out a highly structured operation to airlift close to 120,000 Jews from Iraq to Israel. Following the independence of the Israeli state, Iraq had put a restriction on Jews’ emigration to Israel. The success of this operation paved the way for several such instances when the Israeli army rescued Jews from various places around the world who found themselves in dangerous and life threatening situations.

Six days war: Between June 5 and 10 in 1967, the Israeli army was involved in war with the neighbuoring states of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Israel’s defense forces carried out a preemptive strike against Egypt in response to Egyptian forces being mobilised along the Israeli border. The attack led to the loss of nearly the entire air force of Egypt.

Operation Entebbe: In June 1976 an Air France plane with Israeli passengers had been hijacked by two members of the Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine- External Operations with the objective to free Palestinian militants in Israel. The plane was held up at Entebbe in Uganda where it was warmly welcomed by Idi Amin. The Israeli forces carried out an operation whereby transport planes carried 100 commandos to Uganda and within a matter of 90 minutes, 102 hostages were rescued. All the hijackers and several Ugandan soldiers were killed in the operation.

Operation Moses: In 1984 when Ethiopian Jews were stuck in a famine in Sudan, the Israeli army carried out an operation to rescue them from the hard conditions and moving them to Israel. The seven-week airlift operation led to the rescue of nearly 8,000 Jews from refugee camps in Sudan.

Operation Defensive Shield: Between March and May 2002, the armed forces of Israel carried out a large scale anti-terrorist operation in Palestinian towns and villages in the West Bank. The operation came in response to suicide bombings carried out by Palestine in Israel. Reportedly the attack led to massive destruction of terrorist infrastructure in Palestine.

Here are few things you would want to know about the Israel Defense Forces.

1. Having been involved in about 20 major wars in the course of its short history, the IDF is ranked as one of the most battle-tested armed forces in the world.

2. The Israeli army differs from most other national military forces in its capacity to influence the social and cultural space in Israel. It is even involved in nation building enterprise by providing supplementary education to its civilian population. In 1965, it won the Israeli award for its contribution to education.

3. In order to defend the country, Israel manufactures a large number of indigenous military equipment including artillery, aircraft, tanks and various other missiles that are specific to the country’s requirements.

4. Recruitment in the IDF includes mandatory conscription of both men and women at the age of 18. They are called up regularly for training and are immediately mobilised in times of crises.

5. The Israeli army shares a very close relationship with the United States in terms of sharing military technology and the shared interest in maintaining security in the Middle East.

 

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    hayatlives
    Oct 18, 2016 at 4:16 pm
    Israeli army routinely bombs and kills a hopelessly unmatched poor people after having snatched their lands. It controls their borders, food,finance....and bombs them at any small pretext.....what a horrible comparision for our brave armed forces.....
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      hayatlives
      Oct 18, 2016 at 4:13 pm
      Not surprising from rss chaddi bhakts who were sycophants of the British. How can they ever understand an oppressed people
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        Joseph
        Oct 19, 2016 at 1:20 am
        Israel's Army is God's
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          Baba Ahmed
          Oct 18, 2016 at 7:07 pm
          Buzdil Dajjlai Fouj. Future LOOSERS INS SHAA ALLAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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          1. শৌনক বসু
            Oct 19, 2016 at 1:51 am
            BTW, you said 'Allah Willing', unfortunately it seems Allah is not on your country's side... That's an irony, isn't it????
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            1. শৌনক বসু
              Oct 19, 2016 at 1:47 am
              Sorry, but to disagree (hope I won't be marked Anti national).lt;br/gt;Indian army does not go around butchering innocent people like Israeli army butchers innocent Palestinians....
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              1. শৌনক বসু
                Oct 19, 2016 at 1:49 am
                You have waited for 70 years to win a conflict.... You will still be waiting for that elusive win after 7000 years LOL (If stan exists after 700 years, let alone 7000 years)...
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                  bhupendra pant
                  Oct 19, 2016 at 4:10 am
                  The comparision is great but the challenges of Israel and India are different. For Israel it is question of their very existence. Alongwith the Army ,there is strong political will and support of powerfull leadership in Israel. Above all it is their their strong belief in "if I am not for myself who will be for me ? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when? "
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                    Biltu
                    Oct 18, 2016 at 10:05 pm
                    IN INDIAN ARMY BRAVE SOLDIERS ARE TREATED BY ARMY OFFICER FAMILIES AS DOMESTIC SERVANTS. FAMILIES OF DEAD INDIAN SOLDIERS LIVE IN POVERTYlt; RUNNING FROM PILLAR TO POST FOR VERY SMALL AMOUNTS OF MONEY.lt;br/gt;THESE THINGS DO NOT HAPPEN IN ISRAELI ARMY.
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                      Deepak Singh
                      Oct 19, 2016 at 6:45 am
                      WOW..and what about islamic terrorists butchering innocent ppl and imposing sharia and militant islam on the world. Butchering is needed to cure the cancer of radical islam
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                        Wicked
                        Oct 19, 2016 at 2:37 am
                        In ur terms so called Hamas and Hezbollah are freedom fighter ... Israel defending it's country is terrorist... innocent Palestinian supporting Hamas deserve
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                          DEEPAK PALAN
                          Oct 21, 2016 at 3:10 pm
                          Israel is the better fighting force then India. Because , if it was not, Israel, would not have been in the world map. India on the other hand, is good, but not great.
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                            Dev Verma
                            Oct 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm
                            Have you ever visited Israel ? if does you won't comment like this. Israel is surrounded by all terror states and if everybody there will think the way you commented nobody will ever survive hence please don't try to be GOD of small things when not aware of actual situation in that country.
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                              Dev Verma
                              Oct 18, 2016 at 6:55 pm
                              He is absolutely right I even feel Indian army is more stronger than Israeli's but the good factor in Israel there is no A.H.kejriwal,rahul i and others. Israeli's are one voice and vote as well where terrorism is concerned but in India the political people who are out of power are always up in arm no matter whether security of country is concerned.
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                                dilip
                                Oct 20, 2016 at 5:19 pm
                                innocent Palestinians, very innocent Hamas, much more innocent Kashmiri Liberals / Hisbul, ISIS, Taliban, al quaida, LeT and so on...do you see anything in common among them Mr Sympathizer? no matter what part of the world they operate...
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                                  Sunil Sharma
                                  Oct 27, 2016 at 5:05 am
                                  Dr N. Modjij FRCS Surgeon General of Indya ( New Fekuji Degree from Gujurat Uni) lt;br/gt;Wonder why is DREAMING OF WINING THE UP Election another Big Failure.lt;br/gt;He with his Partner Surgeon Dr A. Shah FRSC are both LOOSER.lt;br/gt;OUR ECONOMIC HAD HIT A STONE WALL WONDER THE LIVES OF more than 400 Millions INDIAN POOREST OF POOR WILL EVER COME OUT OF TERRIBLE POVERTY .lt;br/gt;STOP DREAMING OF BEING SURGEON. BUILD A WALL TO SEPARATE KASHMIR FROM POK AND REST OF NORTHERN INDYA FROM THIS TERRORIST BACK COUNTRY STAN ONCE FOR ALL .lt;br/gt;JAI BHARAT
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                                    ah
                                    Oct 18, 2016 at 4:14 pm
                                    Did I compare??? ........... btw I am INDIAN ..............
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                                      ah
                                      Oct 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm
                                      does that mean Kashmir is PALESTINE???? ................ Palestine is illegally occupied territory ........... even Modi's Uncle Sam accepts it ......... that means Kashmir is independent only India needs to withdraw ...................
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                                        freethinker
                                        Oct 18, 2016 at 3:58 pm
                                        It is quite apparent that Mr.Modi does not know what he is talking about. Israeli intelligence, on which the army depends is par excellencedian intelligence is nowhere as close. The weapons of Israeli armed forces enable them to shoot terrorist sitting in wheel chairs in their homes. The Israeli give an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth in a matter of minutes. The commitment of the Israeli army to the nation and the dedication of its fighting men is the stuff of legends. Indian politicians talk for weeks and their threats just fizzle out which make them and our army the laughing stock in stan. Thank God the army has reacted for a change.
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                                          Arshad Islam
                                          Oct 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm
                                          The article factually wrong at places and glosses over atrocities that IDF has committed. It was killed thousands of innocent children and women, in order to minimise casualties to its own forces. Its infamous Hannibal Doctrine has criticized and has led to two investigations for war crimes at the UN. Only because of the US has the IDF commanders have not been declared as war criminals. The terrorists that the article mentions are actually Palestinian civilians who have been killed and maimed by the IDF periodically dismantle the Palestinian society or as one of the commanders put it "to remind palestinians they are a defeated people". Modi has done a great disservice to Indian army by comparing it with IDF.
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                                            Jawhar
                                            Oct 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm
                                            stan is terribly scared of Israel, and Israel is known for proactive attacks. modi wants to tell stan that there may be more proactive attacks.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The insurance companies in stan have suddenly increased the premium on terrorists. There are specialised insurance companies in stan which deals with terror insurance. The military has its own reward scheme, and cash incentives for flourishing terrorist industry.
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