מחבר: אוראל אלחדד
Late at night off the coast of Beirut. In silence, there are 48 rubber boats and dozens of fighters from an elite IDF units and they’re on their way to various points in the city’s beaches. The weather is stormy and cold do not constitute an obstacle to the fighters, who prepared for this moment for months. In their minds, they see only the purpose for which came from surprise attack on targets in depth map of Lebanon. It sounds like a scene from a spy movie client fiction but this is in operation in 1973, “the night of 9 to 10 April 43 years ago. Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Ali Merrick participated in the squad Commander who attacked the target Varda-2, a workshop for the production of chemical weapons in the aosai in Lebanon. This week, agreed to tell about his memories from the perpetrator and shed light on tyre’s involvement in operation “spring of youth”.
“Harming the heart and brains of the language”
During the operation, Merrick was promoted to captain and commanded naval fighters team 13; “I was already an old relative in terms of team, with years of experience,” recalls. “The period of operation was very tense. The Fatah organization was responsible for a series of terrorist attacks against Jewish targets worldwide which was the athletes in Munich. This led to conceptual change, realized we should attack terrorists proactively, not only in response to a terrorist act. ” Merrick mean led policy during those years, which aims to perform actions that harm the heart and brain of the enemy rather than hands and feet. Namely, the fatal enemy. As part of the policy of first field in tiny and tyre also received an opportunity to participate in operational activities are bold.
At the same time began to circulate intelligence goals around Beirut that could be targeted for attack. “Squadron 13 was a clear advantage over other forces in small warfare”, explains Rick. “Part is just as important as the attack itself was the target. We had the knowledge and abilities to reach by sea to a destination, as opposed to other forces. Therefore, when the program began to take shape for tyre’s name came up immediately. At first wanted help only rice or msw3 and security of operation to spirit of Vice Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Saul Ziv (z l). We wanted to prove ourselves. Ziv confronted the Nigella Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Emmanuel (him) and he presented programs almond action proving worthy so tough. The Nigella was decided to join the strike program.
‘ Zilla ‘ ו’ורדה ‘
After collecting intelligence that decided what would be the purpose of Sayeret Matkal, paratroopers and tyre. “The Navy received three goals.” Saved-that was a civilian craft to mines, “Varda-that was the Ministry’s headquarters Gaza ו’ורדה map 2-civilian structure manufactured in which mines and rockets” R.P.G., Merrick. “I was the Commander of the raiding team Verde-2. The target was a challenging task within a population of combatant, no room for error. We have charity to operate in Lebanon and violating its sovereignty only if the actions are against terrorists. The purity of arms has crucial importance in this type of activity, that injury to bystanders, even if has to be devastating for us. “
After arduous training and preparation careful scrutiny of the operation underway. “Workshop for the production of weaponry was between 2. We broke down the door with explosives, we didn’t know exactly what’s waiting for us inside, we find terrorists or if it’s abandoned. When we came in we saw that it was empty, they managed to get away. They didn’t leave anything behind, so we moved to the mission House. At the same time have heard throughout the neighborhood voices other objectives of explosions Sayeret Matkal and paratroopers and became a movement in the area, men check the balconies to see what was happening, the issue has become extremely sensitive. We rush to the floor and broke down the door. The concern was that these are terrorists, but it turns out that six-year-old npshrot family. We evacuated them to a safe place where they won’t hurt and restored the House.
“We worked exactly according to plan,” said Merrick. “We scattered charges around the House and synthesized them into initiation mechanism. We tried to parallel the vehicle parked under the House to see if there’s any documents but was scrubbed, he reinforced. Activated the bomb with a timer for a few minutes and started to move quickly back to shore, where he waited for the rest of the tyre’s strength. The first fighters started going to sea when suddenly one of the Raiders decided to shoot R.P.G. on the armored vehicle. Our concern was that it hit the mechanism initiating and tlevtlano. Been around running and wanted to engage citizens. Luckily I didn’t disconnect mechanism and the House exploded. Fast missile boats returned.
Tyre’s operation is over. The fighters returned to the missile boats of Squadron 3 there joined the rest of the Sayeret Matkal forces, paratroopers and 707 unit (ילת”ם). “The Navy has in operation a success,” noted Merrick. Taking part in a complex operation, acquired experience and proved ourselves. Knowing that we can land suddenly strike in Beirut and reach the terrorist enemy has caused a jolt. Function of salt in the area would be worthy. Such operations are carried out in decisions by officers. These are not decisions. Know where we are and what we do. We had a very clear and open that declined to detail. In such situations there is loot factor fear because we know what we aishim down to the last detail. “
Translated from Navy website