‘War Between Wars’ Maintains Israel’s Security – Former Israeli Defense Minister

A former Israeli Defense Minister emphasized the importance of a “war between wars” as a crucial element to maintain Israeli security. What was he talking about, exactly?

Speaking at the IDC Herzliya Conference Tuesday, former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that conducting “war between wars” is of key importance to Israeli security.

“It is called the war between the wars. In that context you don’t allow entities in the region to become stronger,” said Ya’alon, according to the Jerusalem Post. “We don’t make everything public but do whatever it takes so that Iranian arms don’t reach Gaza. The same is true of Lebanon and Syria… When we undermine their capability, we are postponing the next round of violence.”

A report by the Jerusalem Post in 2012 took a stab at explaining what this “war between wars” might be.

“‘The war between wars.’ This is the term that IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz uses to describe the covert operations that the military’s special forces carry out during times of apparent quiet,” the JP story reads.

“This war is fought by anonymous commandos whose missions mostly remain unknown to the public, as well as by large parts of the Israeli defense establishment,” the article continues.

Basically, this is what the Western world calls “Black ops.” According to the Cambridge Dictionary, “black ops” are “secret military activities, especially illegal ones, that are ordered by a government or organization…

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