About Latrun I have written before but would like to ad some short notes.
Latrun, the name most likely originates from the crusader fortress nearby, „Le toron des Chevaliers“, was in the 13th century BC the place, where Joshua Ben Nun, the successor of Moshe, won the crucial war against the fife kings of the Amorites and conquered the south of Canaan. The Thora says:
10:12 Then spoke Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
10:14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.
How this happened has been often scrutinized, but no scientists nor esoterics found an explanation about this phenomena of nature.
During the British mandate in „Palestine“ fortresses have been built in strategically important places. Latrun had an attached detention center where Jewish members of the resistance against the British have been detained. Among them was also the later PM Moshe Sharet who was engaged with the illegal migration and Dov Yosef, the coordinator of the Jewish Agency for the recruiting of volunteers for the British army. After the foundation of Israel Dov Yosef held several ministerial functions.
Today in Latrun is a large collection of tanks and armored military vehicles of all kind from early Israel-Arab wars until today and a memorial for the 5000 fallen members of the tank units.
And really unrelated to wars and politics, contrary to old rumors about birds trained by the Mossad, in Latrun is the international center for studying bird migration with a radar equipped observation point.
Dr. Udi Levi, is a previous member of the NSC (National Security Council) and Mossad. Since his 18th year he was engaged with intelligence until his retirement two years ago.
The world has changed, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Russia changed. Also means available for states to reach their objectives. Conventional methods are not enough or it’s impossible to use them. Strategies changed not only in Israel. Cyber War, lawfare and conventional warfare are clashing often.
Ronald Reagan, the previous president of the USA, realized early that the economical war brings most benefit for the victor. Because of the fight for oil the economies of USA and of Russia changed completely.
Osama bin Laden too recognized this new development. He was an economical expert and he calculated every one of his actions according to its benefit. His main objective was to fight the western world and to weaken it as much as possible. His main task, the attack on the Twin Tower in New on September 11th, 2012, confirms this strategy perfectly.
Every US$, spent for planning, organizing and execution of a terror attack must be avenged in multiplicity by the hated USA. The total costs of the damage accrued by the terror attack against the USA were much higher than the „investment costs“ by Osama bin Laden and still not fully calculated.
An other, not well known terror attack, was a cyber attack, which cost Al Kaida about 4 million US$, on the global banking and exchange system. For covering the damage several billion US$ were required. Already 2009 the US Office of Defense ordered a study on „Economical War Fare, Risks and Answers“ but kept it for a long time confidential. The author, Kevin Freeman hinted, that the Wall street crash of 2008 was not triggered by speculators but by financial terrorists. A cyber attack has the same effects as a well placed bomb. Osama bin Laden recognized it and built up his presence in the internet and his fighting power.
Whoever finds security gaps, and anyone who has patience and expertise can find them, is able to shut down complete governments and economies.
Osama bin Laden aimed to damage economies, human casualties were just collateral damages to reach his objectives.
ISIS prefers medial fights, every torture, every murder is broadcasted via internet, social networks and TV.
Whoever wants to stop the Islamic Republic of Iran building nuclear weapons , must drying it up economically. The not ending stream of western industrialists and politicians, after signing the “atomic deal” and the easing of economical sanctions is not helpful. Every new contract between Iran and a new partner is improving the economy of Iran and helps the military armament with nuclear weapons.
Its money, lots of money, which was always the best fuel for terror!
© esther scheiner, israel