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Israeli troops are absolutely livid about the new rules of engagement that literally makes it against regulations to shoot at terrorists

ShowImageThe Givati Brigade’s Tzabar Battalion practices complex maneuvers in an urban warfare environment. (photo credit:IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT)

In light of heightened security tensions in the West Bank, the Israeli defense establishment on Tuesday temporarily revised the rules of engagement for combat soldiers on the ground serving in the Palestinian territories, triggering a wave of resentment within the ranks.

According to the 0404 web site, IDF soldiers were furious over the newly issued rules of engagement that they say will encourage more Palestinian terrorism.

The Jerusalem Post‘s Hebrew-language sister publication Ma’ariv learned on Tuesday that the defense establishment is now requiring soldiers to hold their fire except for instances in which there is a genuine threat to their lives.

Under the previous rules, soldiers were permitted to fire a number of warning shots in the air before taking aim at a potential terrorist.

Soldier testimonials indicate that the new rules forbid troops from shooting at a terror suspect’s lower extremities during an arrest. The interim guidelines now instruct soldiers to fire in the air.

The defense establishment wishes to avoid situations in which IDF gunfire leads to the death of an alleged terrorist, a development that is liable to spark widespread protest and further fan nationalistic flames.

One soldier serving in the Givati infantry brigade told 0404: “There are new rules and we are now studying them. If a Molotov cocktail is thrown at me, even from a distance of just 10 meters, I’m not allowed to shoot at the person throwing it.”

“These are bizarre rules, and I, as an officer, will have difficulty in telling my soldiers and looking them in the eye,” the infantryman is quoted as saying. “Somebody upstairs thinks that we are female models and not soldiers in the Israel Defense Force.”


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