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According to a report by Israel’s State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman, the Israeli army is “logistically unprepared” for its regular operations inside the West Bank, and for taking on the growing Palestinian resistance.
The State Comptroller’s Office released an “urgent” report on Sunday, 2 October, to highlight growing concerns about the IDF conducting operations inside the West Bank, citing missing equipment and the poor living conditions of conscripts.
Over the last few months, the IDF has doubled its forces from 13 to 26 battalions, which are often supported by armored vehicles and military drones during their military incursions.
If anything, the Israeli Operation Break the Wave is a response to growing concerns over the military situation in the West Bank and the failures of the Israeli forces against a seemingly more united Palestinian resistance.
On the night of 6 September, the IDF had to mobilize a large squadron of its forces of at least 100 vehicles, for the simple demolition of a house in Jenin, which belonged to Raad Hazem, who carried out the Dizengoff attack in Tel Aviv on 7 April, 2022.
However, the issues aren’t limited to Israeli troops being overstretched in the area, but also involve the poor management of the armory at the Yakir base, where troops have been complaining about the living conditions. Yakir usually hosts just one battalion instead of two, affecting the quality of food, as well as the supply.
Englman also reported troops complaining about the lack of training and preparedness to take on “enemies” such as Hezbollah and Iran in case of war, due to spending too much time in the West Bank.
“The IDF is not sufficiently prepared, logistically, for the continuation of the fighting in [the West Bank],” Englman said.
Regardless of the damning report, the IDF has denied the comptroller’s statements, arguing that the competence and readiness of its troops have not been affected and that most of the issues have already been taken care of since Englman’s visit in August.
The IDF has also denied the report of poor living conditions in its bases and claimed it is expanding its maintenance network to improve the situation of its armory.
IDF launched the large-scale Operation Break the Wave after a series of attacks by the Palestinian resistance left 19 people reportedly dead between mid-March and May.
According to then-prime minister Naftali Bennett, the objective of the operation was to “attack without borders in order to stop the [resistance] operations” – and destroy the infrastructure of the factions in Jenin and Nablus.
The rejuvenation of resistance in the occupied West Bank can be attributed to the martyr Jamil al-Amouri. A prominent figure in the Jenin camp and member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s (PIJ) military wing, al-Quds Brigades, Amouri was considered the most “wanted” by the occupation state for carrying out several shooting attacks against Israeli positions throughout Jenin during the 2021 battle of Sayf al-Quds.
He effectively contributed to the formation of active military cells inside the camp, which later went on to form the nucleus of the Jenin Brigade.
Tensions in Palestine have been on the rise since the Israeli army carried out its most recent massacre in the besieged Gaza Strip in August, killing nearly 50 people, including several senior PIJ commanders.