How Israel missed the lessons learned from the war in Ukraine

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The frontal attack carried out by Hamas in southern Israel on October 7 raises questions. Using drones carrying explosive charges, Palestinian terrorists managed to target and destroy several vehicles including Merkava Mk. IV tanks, the most efficient deployed in Israel. A technique that has proven itself in Ukraine since the Russian invasion of February 2022.

The dazzling attack initiated by Hamas in southern Israel on October 7 left observers speechless. Facing one of the armies considered one of the most effective in the Middle East and the Levant, the terrorist organization managed to inflict significant damage on the Israeli armed forces. On social networks, videos of the destruction of tanks and attacks carried out against strongholds in the border provinces of the Gaza Strip are flourishing. The Russian offensive in Ukraine in February 2022 meant the return to a high-intensity conflict between two conventional forces and the massive use of new techno-guerrilla techniques, with massive use of drones and missiles by ground troops.

The attackers of the al-Qassam Brigades were able to take many of the tactics used on the Ukrainian front to their advantage. Caught off guard, the Israel Defense Forces (Tsva ha-Haganah le-Israelor Tsahal) showed difficulties similar to those observed within the Russian army at the start of the war in Ukraine, particularly regarding the use of drones.

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