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By Mark Y.D. Wang

In June 1998, U.S. vp Al Gore and the nationwide Partnership for Reinventing govt provided a workforce of U.S. military logisticians and RAND analysts the Hammer Award in popularity of an exceptional accomplishment: streamlining military logistics. for many years, the functionality of military logistics fell steadily in the back of most sensible advertisement practices. military mechanics may wait on standard a month for spare elements from far-off offer depots which will fix a down weapon method. at the present time a high-velocity, streamlined military offer approach gives you spare components in part the time it took to convey them simply three years prior. in reality, nowadays it acutally takes much less time to get a spare half from a military provide depot than from a advertisement seller.

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G. Dayan 1976; Tamir 1988; Sharon 1989; Eitan 1991; Peled 1993; Rabin 1996; Narkiss 1998; Sagi 1998). Most such writings consist of personal memoirs, a genre dominated by the authors’ recollections of their participation in individual security missions and/or battles, and which contain only brief passages of more theoretical strategic analysis. But two exceptions stand out: Yigal Alon’s Masach Shel Chol (‘Curtain of Sand’), the first edition of which appeared in 1960; and Israel Tal’s Bitachon Le’umi (‘National Security’), which was first published in Hebrew almost four decades later, in 1996 (Tal 2000, English edition).

This process particularly affected the presentation of Hanukah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the victory of the Maccabees over their Seleucid oppressors during the Second Temple period. Medieval rabbinic depictions had almost entirely airbrushed military associations out of the festival’s ritual, attributing the Maccabees’ triumph to spiritual virtues. In modern Israel, that trend was reversed. Pageants performed by schoolchildren up and down the country now portrayed the Maccabees as the direct precursors of the IDF’s own soldiers.

But two exceptions stand out: Yigal Alon’s Masach Shel Chol (‘Curtain of Sand’), the first edition of which appeared in 1960; and Israel Tal’s Bitachon Le’umi (‘National Security’), which was first published in Hebrew almost four decades later, in 1996 (Tal 2000, English edition). Notwithstanding their age differences, the two works have much in common. For one thing, they were both written by men who had become military legends in their lifetimes: Alon, as already noted (see p. 24), had covered himself in glory in the War of Independence.

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