Well, the IDF could use a new battalion of psychiatrists because they’ve turned the world upside down. It seems that outgoing Chief of Staff Moshe Ya’alon has decided to offer IDF units participating in the evacuation of Gazan Israelis from Gaza “mental preparation.”
What this means is that the Israeli army, in its wisdom, is going to strengthen the mindset and harden the hearts of those soldiers assigned to what will be the challenging task of removing these Gazan Israelis (and their supporters who will make their way to Gaza in droves).
Shouldn’t they be targeting the Gazan Israelis for “mental preparation” instead? Why isn’t the IDF offering a similar service to the Gazan Israelis and particularly their children. If they start now, the “mental preparation” might work to Israel’s advantage by softening the blow to these poor people who are about to lose their homes and watch their children become traumatized (probably more by their own actions no less than what the army and police will have to do). There is no question that these people are already suffering and will suffer even more when they are evacuated. Some have lived in Gaza for 20 years and have their hearts and faith dedicated to the place from which they will now be torn. Give them “mental preparation” and stop worrying about the soldiers.
And why stop worrying about the soldiers? Well, Ya’alon has also decided that any soldiers who ignore or oppose the evacuation will be tried and punished. Any officers who do so will be removed from the IDF. That will definitely increase the stakes for many who might be considering joining forces with resisting settlers.