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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

IDF to create safe passages for civilians in combat zones

The IDF has issued new rules for evacuating civilians from combat zones.
The IDF has prepared new rules for soldiers engaged in combat in an area where civilians are present, according to the IDF magazine B'Machaneh. The rules were created following an order from IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.

Under the new rules, combat commanders will be responsible for creating and marking a path by which local civilians can safely leave the area. Each brigade and division will include a captain in charge of ensuring maximum protection for civilians in the combat zones in which the brigade operates.

The updated rules will be taught in officer training courses beginning in September. Current officers will be called to take part in short training courses in which the new rules will be explained.
I have some questions about this (perhaps if I'm really lucky, someone from the IDF will get on and comment). First, who is going to protect the combat commanders, who will likely be completely exposed to enemy fire while they are doing this? Second, what are the civilians doing in the area in the first place since, presumably, by the time we get to this point, they will have been called, leafleted, and maybe even had a 'knock' on the roof? Third, is this talking about civilians leaving in the heat of battle, or only before the actual battle starts (I suspect the former)? And fourth, will the IDF reserve the right to arrest terrorists who try to leave with the civilians?

Having never served in the IDF (I was 34 years old when I came on aliya and was therefore never drafted), I find this a little difficult to visualize, but my sense is that it's overkill.


At 10:04 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Gabi Ashkenazi is the type of Stupid Jew who infests Israel's leadership like a plague. This is the stupidest idea I ever heard coming from the IDF. How is the army supposed to distinguish terrorists from civilians while there is fighting going on? And where are these Arabs going to be allowed to go? To Israel proper? I suspect this order has not really been thought through.

The top IDF brass gets to score brownie points with the Jew-hating international community while simultaneously endangering the lives of their own soldiers for no good reason. Heck, if Ashkenazi thinks he can make his order work, he should be forced to live under it.

What could go wrong indeed


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