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‘If we fought like Putin my son would be alive’ says furious father of killed IDF soldier

Father who lost his son in Gaza answers ‘Breaking the Silence,’ says concern over killing innocents led to son’s death.

By Gil Ronen


In the current public firestorm over Breaking the Silence, the NGO that libels the IDF abroad, Israelis by the hundreds have been posting their own ‘breaking the silence’ Facebook posts. Some of these are posts that tell stories of inappropriate behavior by soldiers, but most appear to be the opposite: stories of the IDF’s sometimes excessive humaneness in the battlefield, and in various activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

A post in this genre that stands out poignantly was written Sunday by Ofer Mendelovich, whose son, Oz, was killed in the battle of Shejaiya in Gaza, during Operation Protective Edge.

“I am also breaking the silence,” wrote Mendelovich. “Instead of wiping out the neighborhood of Shejaiya, a Golani Brigade force entered it in a careful and selective way, to look for tunnels, for fear of hurting innocents.

“In the course of that selective


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