When we think of pirates, a peg legged person with a parrot sitting on his shoulder comes to mind….. not so in the case of  Israeli pirates…. dogs are their best friends.

Dogs from the Oketz unit are trained to immobilize an enemy by biting – the more the enemy struggles, the harder the bite. “Attack dogs have proved their capabilities on many occasions,” the source said. “They are strong and merciless, but in fact this is a non-lethal weapon that can certainly do the work (on the deck).”

Two Israeli attack dogs pictured here….
Attack dogs ‘have proved their capabilities’ (archives) Photo: Courtesy of IDF Spokesman

Dogs to be used in next flotilla raid

IDF learns lessons from Turkish flotilla: Oketz unit dogs will be first to go aboard, keep area sterile until soldiers arrive

The IDF is learning from its experience with the flotilla to the Gaza Strip, and when the next flotilla – if there is one – is boarded by the navy, the soldiers will be assisted by attack dogs from the Oketz unit. The dogs will be the first to board the decks, to prevent harm to soldiers from hostile elements on board.

“As soon as you put an attack dog in an area where soldiers are supposed to get to, it keeps the place sterile and prevents anyone from approaching,” a military source said. “Dogs can be placed by crane or other means. They’ll be the first, and after them, the soldiers.”

Dogs from the Oketz unit are trained to immobilize an enemy by biting – the more the enemy struggles, the harder the bite. “Attack dogs have proved their capabilities on many occasions,” the source said. “They are strong and merciless, but in fact this is a non-lethal weapon that can certainly do the work (on the deck).”

The same source said dogs were involved in preparations for boarding the Turkish flotilla, but it was believed there would be no violent opposition from the people aboard the Marmara, so they were not sent onto the decks.

‘Dogs can operate on board’

“After that flotilla, we understood that this is indeed a good method and we’re improving our abilities,” he said. “A dog has no problem operating on a boat and can do great work.”

It must be noted that in military investigations, officers have pointed out that after the Shayetet soldiers had succeeded in getting onto the deck, their operation was easy. Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi testified to the Turkel committee that the area which the soldiers reach must be sterile, and even hinted at the need for snipers.
Recently, in light of the Oketz unit’s operational success, it has been decided to expand its activities in war and emergency situations. The unit will take part in training with other units which the dogs will then meet on the battlefield.
“This will create cooperation and familiarity between the dog handlers and dogs, and the officers,” the military source said. “Then, when they have to operate during war, the initial familiarity of each handler and each dog with a different unit will increase efficacy.”



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  2. Fred54 said,

    October 8, 2010 at 00:17

    A biting dog is easy to pacify or kill with your bare hands. Either
    gouge out it’s eyes with thumb and index finger or squeeze it’s
    exposed Trachea shut suffocating it. Yes you’ll get bitten but
    once it’s latched on it’s easy to kill.

  3. Jay C. said,

    October 8, 2010 at 00:51

    The Flotilla passengers should carry pepper spray to protect themselves. They should try speed boats and/or jet skis to break the seige.

  4. hp said,

    October 8, 2010 at 00:56

    Aren’t they afraid the dogs will become contaminated or somehow tainted by biting an Arab or some other lesser life form?

  5. brian said,

    October 8, 2010 at 01:00

    so the zionists are to sic savage dogs onto the aid workers? isnt this called terrorism? and if it takes place in international waters…by the military is another war crime….how long can these criminals be shielded by their US and EU slaves?

  6. X said,

    October 8, 2010 at 01:17

    Tasers should work nicely against dog attacks.

  7. Lansing said,

    October 8, 2010 at 02:39

    A piece of poisoned meat should be enough for the two pictured dogs.

  8. Bill said,

    October 8, 2010 at 02:44

    Carry hot dogs and give them to the dogs, they love them and more than likely, wont bite.

    Or you can try pepper spray..

  9. Big Joe said,

    October 8, 2010 at 03:08

    Nazis through and through.

  10. Paul Mills said,

    October 8, 2010 at 06:05

    There are MANY ways to immobilise an attacking dog. Very simple, yet effective ways. In the army in South Africa the preferred method is to extend your arms with hands touching as the dog runs at you… as it jumps at you the dog’s forelegs extend to hit you on the chest. Put your arms between the dogs legs and open your arms, as if going into the “flying position” Dogs legs are stiff and widen too. Breastbone snaps… dog immobilised instantly…. but still lives.

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  12. Canadian Crusaders said,

    October 8, 2010 at 08:00

    Nothing dog spray or steel toe boots to the chops couldn’t solve.
    The UN is too busy starving children and infants to death so don’t think twice about whether those people on the flotilla’s have the right to defend themselves because they most certainly have every right.

  13. Ladybat2 said,

    October 8, 2010 at 08:34

    Fred, as bad as I detest the zionazi israeli army its not the poor dog’s fault he’s been forced to do the dirty job of the ZioNazis. Is it not ironic this was the very same type of dog the Germans used to sick on the Jews? Its called a German Police dog. And now here they are again. Being trained to do the same dirty work by the grand children of the ones who were kept under control the very same way by the same breed of dog. I do not understand how the Israelis can not see how shameful that is. But I guess their grand children just do not remember those things. How can they when they are not the ones who actually lived it?

    I think that if the people on the flotillas want to combat the dogs maybe they can tranquillize them in some way. If there is no other way, of course, then they have to know how to defend themselves from a dog attack. Its just that I hope it does not come to that. For the sake of the people and for the dogs as well. You know there are these things they sell that are like some kind of high pitched whistle. I’ve seen it on TV. You blow it and it will make an aggressive dog that tries to come up to you on the street back off and turn around and leave. Or it was some remote controlled device, something like that. I just remember seeing it making dogs back off of people. And there are these invisible electric barriers that they cannot get through also. There are things to protect yourself from dogs that are not really harmful to the animal itself. They could put up barriers around the deck of the ship maybe.

    Maybe every one going on the flotillas can get those to carry with them.

  14. Jay C. said,

    October 8, 2010 at 11:22

    They advertise dog whistles that silence dogs with high pitch sounds that only dogs can hear. Perhaps some tasers may also help. Spray bottles of aerosols of various types in a dogs face and nose may slow them down. I also agree that an invisible ultra-sonic barrier placed strategically around the boats as a shield should help. Put a STOP to those zionist LUNATICs!

  15. Mike said,

    October 8, 2010 at 11:58

    So they’ll (Israelis) will be able to portray the peace activists as “cruel to animals” now…

    Forget about pepper spray, hot dogs, etc. Give the crew boots and have electrified deck pads, like the ones they already sell. Once confused, animals are easy to put under control or dispose of.

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  17. B.Benhamid said,

    October 8, 2010 at 15:24

    There is a device available to send out a high frequency sound that cannot be picked up by the human ear, but is picked up by the sensative hearing of an animal. This high frequency sound would drive a German Shepherd out of his mind and will easily forget what he was trained for to do.
    This device is small like a cellular phone and could be carried undetected by anyone.
    There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

  18. Cranford said,

    October 8, 2010 at 15:41

    Having been attacked by dogs before let me assure anyone interested.

    You will be bitten, but it is not so much that a good pocket knife won’t help.

    You open it up, grab the offending canine by one ear. Starting there, you drag the sharp edge of the knife blade along a line which will end at the base of it’s other ear, while pressing inward and upward as hard as you can

    This will end your problem with any dog. Remember, I did say you will get bite!

  19. Cranford said,

    October 8, 2010 at 15:45

    Allow me to add to my previous post and say that the same technique will work on “semi-humans” !!

  20. robertsgt40 said,

    October 8, 2010 at 17:21

    How ironic…German Shepherds

  21. almabu said,

    October 8, 2010 at 18:57

    Most ways described here, to neutralize a dog, would certainly work well!
    Once I’ve seen a man, wrapped his leather jacket around his lower arm, offered it to a German Police Dog to bite, what it did immediately, and broke its neck with the other arm within seconds! I remember a crying policeman in tears…
    By the way, German Police isn’t using German Shepherds anymore. They switched to Belgian Shepherds aka “Malinois” because of their better overall perfomance…

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