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IDF: No more Shalits

Muslim kidnappersFor the first time in Israeli history, IDF soldiers received an order during the Gaza war to avoid being taken POW at any cost. Troops were authorized to shoot and blow up kidnappers’ cars along with Israeli prisoners. The soldiers being kidnapped were instructed to blow themselves up with hand grenades.

This policy marks a radical departure from the traditional IDF attitude, which stresses that a soldier must strive to remain alive at any cost and expect to be ransomed. The instruction to avoid kidnapping was issued two decades ago, but was never taken to the extent of ordering suicide.

Unlike the government, IDF’s brass do not see the release of 1,300 terrorists in exchange for Shalit as a bargain.

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