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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Video: TV camera crew penetrates IDF base at Gaza fence

Several months ago, I did a post in which I showed how a terror attack was carried out in southern Israel by using ropes to get over the fence from Gaza. Fortunately, what you're about to see was not an actual terror attack.

This report - apparently - appeared on Channel 1 (the Israeli government news station) tonight. A Channel 1 camera crew walked right through a hole in the fence of one of the IDF bases at the edge of the Gaza Strip. The narrative is entirely in Hebrew - sorry about that - but in any event they do not divulge the name or exact location of the base, except to say that it is the "forward-most" base adjacent to the Gaza Strip. The man you see walking around is referred to as a "photographer" in the report. He is wearing civilian clothes and a skullcap and is carrying around a military-issue shoulder bag. He could as well have been a 'Palestinian' terrorist.

The soldiers at the end of the report tell the crew that they are endangering themselves because they don't even have bulletproof vests. I would say that the soldiers are the ones endangering themselves (and the civilians they are protecting) because they are not keeping their base secure.

Let's go to the videotape.

Someone's head should roll over this.


At 1:25 AM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

hopefully this will help israel close the holes..

At 7:21 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Heads should definitely roll over this. If these had been Palestinian terrorists, a lot of soldiers would have been killed. There should be shoot to kill orders in place at IDF bases for unauthorized entry. If they aren't being enforced, its time they were.

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


"Shoot to kill" orders are less useful in this case than actually monitoring gaps in the fence and making sure they are closed wherever they occur. Allowing gaps like that to exist are gross negligence - pure and simple.

I have actually reported gaps I have seen in the security fence in Judea and Samaria to the police. Suffice it to say that they are not always fixed immediately.

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone's asleep at the wheel.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - I agree with in you in that self defense orders don't do much good if the early warning system isn't working properly. I can understand budgetary reasons for the gaps that exist but they still need to be closed for the reason that while money can be replaced, human lives can't.

Its that simple.


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