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Monday, October 17, 2011

IDF soldiers told to blow themselves up or kill their comrades rather than allow another Gilad Shalit

This is the consequence of the lopsided trade that Israel is about to conclude with Hamas for Gilad Shalit, There will be no more IDF soldiers captured by Hamas. Even if the IDF has to kill them itself. This is known as the IDF's Hannibal Protocol.

If you don't believe me, here's a video that was played on Israel's Channel 2 this evening.

Let's go to the videotape. A transcript follows.

"The strategic weapon, the "Judgment Day Weapon" that Hamas wants to acquire, is to capture a soldier.

But no soldier in Battalion 51 will be kidnapped at any price.

At any price. Under any condition.

Even if it means that he blows himself with his own grenade together with those trying to capture him.

Also even if it means that now his unit has to fire a barrage at the car that they are trying to take him away in.

There is no situation. No situation that they will have this weapon."

Golani Battalion 51 commander briefing his troops on the eve of their entry into Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.
Video report broadcast on Israel Television Channel 2 News 16 October 2011
UPDATE 1:04 AM

Aaron Lerner adds:
Let’s be blunt about it:

Thanks to the very lopsided prisoner swaps, the IDF policy today is to do everything possible to kill IDF soldiers who appear to be in the process of being captured by terrorists.

That’s right. Kill.

A prisoner trade would only take place if the IDF failed to kill the captured IDF soldiers first.

This is what every IDF soldier knows today when he is ordered to advance and engage the enemy.

Does this knowledge have a positive or negative impact on the performance of the IDF in battle?

One thing is certain: knowing that your own comrades will try to kill you if you get in trouble is a far cry from having confidence that the nation will stand behind you in your time of need.

The Israeli officials and media talking heads commenting on the Shalit deal in the coming days should not insult our intelligence by claiming otherwise.
Ouch.

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2 Comments:

At 1:32 AM, Blogger Roadie in Vancouver said...

This has to be one of the stupidest ideas in a while. The idea should be to kill the people trying to kidnap a solider. If Israel has taken as many Hamas leaders as possible into prison with absolutely no contact with anyone AT ALL, you can be certain that Shalit would have been released a long time ago.

Hamas and Hizbollah are laughing at us

 
At 3:52 AM, Blogger Captain.H said...

I have to agree with Roadie on this. When terrorist groups are trying to kidnap Israeli soldiers, it should be an automatic no-holds-barred response from Israel. Kidnap Hamas and/or Hezbollah leaders? Likewise for any rank & file members, although leaders are worth more as bargaining chips. Why the h**l not?! They should all know that they can't even poke their noses out from whatever hiding places they have to go to, without risking capture or death at Israeli hands.

And in the case of a successful kidnapping, all terrorists already held in Israeli prisons should be held incommunicado, just as Gilad Shalit and Ron Arad were. Israel can tell it's "friends", the International Red Cross, sorry, no contact, no information, no mail, no visitors until we get our soldier back.

It's a foregone conclusion Israel isn't going to win friends in the Arab world. What are they going to do? Hate Israel, Israelis, Jews any more than they already do? Israel may as well go for fear and respect. I respectfully suggest that Israel's job now is to work on rebuilding deterrence, by having ready all sorts of contingency plans for hard-nosed responses.

Part of that ought to be immediate cancellation of the rest of the extorted bargain in the Shalit case. The very concept of contracts and contractual obligations is based on the presumption of freely entered agreements. Israel has no moral obligation to fulfill it's word, when that word was obtained by extortion.

 

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