I disagree with Mr. Shiff. The tendency of Israeli top brass or gov't leaders to micro-manage military operations is tremendously wasteful. The time it takes for 'up-down' communications between various levels of command increases reaction time to events in the field. At each stage of the process information has to be repeated, redigested, the same questions asked and answered - all this takes time and suffocates the initiative of lower level officers. Moreover, there is a traffic jam of information at the top levels. And the investment in 'up-down' communication infrastructure is very high. We have limited resources and good lower level officers. Let them make more decisions. The army is engaged in warfare, not police actions, and one has to take the long view and avoid the tendency to micro-manage from above.
Netanyahu toured Gaza border with Ya'alon, Eisenkot and southern command chief (Haaretz)
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