Prime Minister Narendra Modi while inaugurating three hydro-power projects in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday praised the tactics used by the Israeli forces to carry out surgical strikes against its enemies and militant outfits. Speaking at a Parivartan Rally in Mandi, the Prime Minister said that while ‘we are used to hearing about the feats achieved by the Israeli Army, now the world knows that the Indian Army is no less’.
In wake of PM Modi’s reference to the precision achieved by the Israeli Army, here are few examples that state where he drew his inspiration for the surgical strike against Pakistan from:
Also known as Operation Babylon, Operation Opera was carried out by Israeli Air Force to destroy an under-construction Iraqi nuclear reactor near Baghdad in June 1981. Ten Iraqi soldiers and one French civilian were killed in the strike. Though Israel claimed that it acted in self-defence, the operation was widely criticised by the global media, which viewed it as an act of aggression.
Operation Autumn Clouds
It was eight-day Israeli defence operation against an attack in which nearly 100 rockets were fired by the Gaza militants on an Israeli military patrol jeep in November 2006. The Palestinians cited blockade of Gaza strip and occupation of West Bank as the reason for the militant attack. Reports state that over 170 Palestinians were killed in the attack that was supported by countries including United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada among others.
Operation Hot Winter
Also known as Operation Warm Winter, this strike was carried out by Israel Defense Force in Gaza in response to rockets being fired by Hamas on the Israeli civilians in February 2008. Over 100 Palestinians were killed and over 150 were injured. The strikes drew harsh criticism from the United Nations, which unequivocally condemned the ‘rocket and mortar attacks by Hamas and Palestinian militants while also condemning Israel’s excessive use of force’.
Operation Summer Rains
This operation was launched by the Israeli Defense Forces in the summer of 2008 against the Palestinian attacks which resulted in the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Israel’s aim was to prevent the firing of Qassam rockets from Gaza and secure the release of corporal Shalit.
Operation Cast Lead
Also known as the Gaza War or Gaza Massacre, this operation was basically an armed conflict between Gaza and Israel. It began in December 2008 and ended in January 2009 with a unilateral ceasefire. Over 1,100 Palestinians were killed and more than 5,000 people were wounded. The incident was widely criticised by the international community and the UN Human Rights Council set up a fact-finding mission to investigate the violation of international law.
Operation Returning Echo
Launched in March 2012, Operation Returning Echo is one of the worst conflicts covered by the media. Mass casualties were reported on the Israeli side as Palestinian militants attacked Israel with Qassam missiles, rockets and mortar shells. The West condemned Palestine for attacking Israel with rockets while supporting Israel’s right to defend itself.
Operation Pillar of Defence
It was an eight-day operation launched by the Israeli Defense Forces in the Hamas-governed Gaza in November 2012. It began with the killing of the chief of the Gaza military wing, Ahmed Jabari. The operation began in response to over 100 rockets fired by the Gaza militants on Israeli military patrol jeeps. Over 100 Palestinian civilians were killed in the attack. The west condemned the Hamas militants attacking Israel while expressing their support for the nation.
Operation Protective Edge
Often known as the 2014 Gaza war, it was launched by the Israeli Army in July 2014 in the Hamas-ruled Gaza strip. According to a UN report, over 2,000 Palestinians died in the strike. While the Israeli Defense Forces said that Hamas fired over 4,500 rockets towards Israel, its own forces hit at least 5,226 targets in Gaza.
Having said that, it is important to note that the Kashmir issue is completely different from the Israel-Palestine conflict. While Kashmir is a region of bilateral dispute between India and Pakistan, Gaza and Palestine are regions of conflicts within the Israeli territory.