The Complete Script of Rush Shaked documentary in English
Thanks to My cruel world blog
The documentary is in Hebrew and this is a translation and description to what was mentioned in it, it must be mentioned that this English translation is based upon the Arabic translation that was available on the internet by My Cruel World blog owner, also I want to say that the Hebrew names here may be misspelled due to the difference between Arabic, English and Hebrew
The first 20 minutes of the documentary was about the nature of the Special Shaked unit and what exactly its mission was, its locations on the southern borders, the borders which were not completely determined in the early 1950s.Among of the unit’s mission was to protect the Israeli settlements in the Gaza strip and Sinai from 1954 till year 1968 in the beginning ”
During the introduction of the documentary, the narrator presented a description for the topics the documentary would discuss starting with the achievements of the Shaked unit and “Unit 101″ including their activities in Sinai, Gaza strip, Lebanon and the south Bank.
The first Scene:
The film starts with showing some kind of a banquet where the veterans of Shaked setting around and talking
One of those veterans said that the work of the battalion shouldn’t be judged according today’s standards but according to the conditions it had been through
Another one said that every one from those fighters looked to the film from his own point of view
And those veteran fighters were:
1-Benny kedar “The founder of the reconnaissance unit in the IDF in the six days war, already that unit was known as the Egoz Unit , it was formed in 1956 then it was disbanded and re-organized in 1964, it became a battalion after the six days war after what it had done in the war then again it was disbanded after 1973 war”
Kedar said that that Unit did not wear the military uniform but instead they used to guard with civilian clothes to catch the infiltrators who could run away if they saw the military uniform.
Zamir was from the trace tracking unit who used to determine the number of the Infiltrators and their destinations then the forces would come to catch them afterwards. Zamir also referred that after one year of establishing The Shaked unit in year 1955 the Unit secured the Egyptian-Israeli borders that there were 3 thousand infiltration incidents, 200 Israelis were injured and 2000 infiltrators were killed.
3- Among those the documentary referred to from the commanders and officers of Shaked was: Yair Bligh who was from the commanders of the reconnaissance unit, Blig was killed in year 1959
4-Salah El-Hayb, who served in Shaked from “1958-1968″ and was the head of the trace tracking unit also spoke and described how Bligh was killed in an ambush when he saw two infiltrators coming in his direction.
5- “Reserve brigadier general” Ami Tsakhin who served in Shaked from “1961-1973″, he was an armor commander back then but now he is a drilling contractor.
6-Amos Yarkoni, the close Bedouin friend to Moshe Dayan, Yarkoni came to Shaked reconnaissance battalion to teach its officers the trace tracking technique .He was the first commander for Shaked in year 1955, he left the position after couple of years due to his injury , yet he was re-appointed as the commanding officer of Shaked after his recovery in 1961, this Arab who was thought to be a Jew is considered a legend in the army due to his knowledge in tracking and fighting the Palestinian groups till now
The second scene
The documentary shows us some cars taking the same path the Shaked battalion took with their Shaked Spirit
The narrator tells us that the battalion went in 1955 to defend the country’s southern borders from the Gaza strip to the Egyptian borders to the Arabah valley and that many Palestinian refugees escaped to the Gaza strip after the 1948 war where they lived in camps, in those camps the Palestinian fighters were trained
In that scene that veteran spoke about Shaked and its role:
Nidev Noviman “Served in Shaked year 1955″ who stated that an order came to him to join 4 commandos and 3 trace trackers to track down the infiltrators coming from the Egyptian borders and that it was from his mission to pave the roads on a daily basis in order to see if there was any trace
The narrator then stated that on the other side of Shaked, there was the Unit 101 that was found in year 1954 and was led by Ariel Sharon. It included 35 fighters and was guarding the Arabah valley on the Jordanian borders. In year 1953 when a mother and her child at the south bank were killed by the infiltrators Moshe Dyan decided to establish that unit 101 especially the number of the attacks against the Israelis was increasing for example there were Israelis who were killed in a bus in its way to Eilat
The Political commandership wanted to stop the operations against the Israelis on the Egyptian and Jordanian borders without starting a war and that why they had established the battalions 101 and Shaked.
The policy of Israel was that if anyone crossed its southern border; he would deal with those two units, not with the Israeli army.
Benny Bild “Served in Shaked from year 1959 to year 1962 and today he is the general manager of the chorus of the Kibbutz theatre ” spoke about the rules of engagement ,when and where to shot and open the fire in the two units , when there was an attack , there was an open fire order
Ehuga Melmid “A Reserve brigadier general, served in Shaked from year 1958 to year 1972 and now he works as an economic expert” talked about the military service in the middle of the desert and how he remembered that he felt that the all Nakab desert was under his commandership and how he felt he was its king
Binyamin Ben-Eliezer “The commander of Shaked from year 1966 to 1970 and currently he is the minister of infrastructure in the Ehud Olmart Cabinet” mentioned that on the day he received the commandership of the unit, he realized the difference between that Unit and the rest of the units in the IDF ,the service in the IDF meant complete obedience where as the members of Shaked were careless that they used to try their weapons in the rooms, there was no military obedience in the unit despite their hard training
The second scene ends with the veterans eating together in the hostility of Salah El-Hayb