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IDF used ‘Hannibal Directive’ to rescue soldiers in Qalandiya


The Israeli army used the “Hannibal Directive” during its rescue of two soldiers who accidentally strayed into Qalandiya on Monday night and came under attack.

Two Israeli soldiers were said to be using navigation app Waze when they mistakenly drove into Qalandiya overnight, sparking clashes as security forces deployed to rescue them that killed one Arab and wounded 15 people.

The Hannibal Directive is an army procedure that allows for the IDF to deploy massive firepower in the event that an Israeli soldier has been kidnapped or risks being kidnapped, in order to prevent them from being captured.

The use of force is deployed in spite of the casualties it may cause, including to the IDF soldier in question.

The procedure was allegedly last deployed in Rafah, Gaza, during Operation Protective Edge when Lt. Hadar Goldin was taken captive by Hamas. Following the enactment of the Hannibal Directive, wherein the IDF fired at the location Goldin had last been seen, dozens of Palestinians had been killed and Goldin was also declared dead.

The army is currently undertaking a preliminary investigation into the Qalandiya incident in order to establish the exact circumstances of the event, although Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has already signaled that the army needs to establish who sent the pair on their mission as they clearly were not familiar with the territory.

“The soldiers were apparently using Waze,” Ya’alon said Tuesday.

“I learned ages ago the importance of navigating with the aid of a real map, and mainly to know the surrounding area and not to rely too heavily on technology which can lead the user astray.”

Waze, the Israeli-developed navigation app acquired by Google for more than $1 billion in 2013, said the soldiers themselves were at fault.

“(Waze) includes a specific default setting that prevents routes through areas which are marked as dangerous or prohibited for Israelis to drive through,” the company said in a statement.

“In this case, the setting was disabled. In addition, the driver deviated from the suggested route and as a result, entered the prohibited area.

“There are also red signs on the road in question


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