Sunday, October 23, 2011

IMRA - Dealing with the reality of Shalit deal and Hannibal Protocol

Dr. Aaron Lerner
Weekly Commentary
19 October '11

I received a lot of angry mail when I wrote earlier in the week that 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.

Many couldn’t believe that this was indeed the policy of the IDF.

So I put up a video on YouTube of a Battalion 51 commander briefing his Golani troops on the eve of their entry into Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.

"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.”

This was not some faked video. I copied from a video report broadcast on Israel Television Channel 2 News 16 October 2011

You can see the full report for yourself:

Now what does this all mean?

Am I saying that the Hannibal Protocol is wrong?

No. Not under the circumstances.

All I am saying is that we have to address the decisions we make with mature honesty.

The reason that we trade a thousand terrorists for a single soldier is not because of our commitment to do everything in our power to get our soldiers back home alive.

We do it because, as indicated by the polls, we don’t have the stomach to see soldiers as POWs once we know who they are.

And since a key element of the equation is that this feeling only goes into play when we see their name, faces, etc., we as a society have a very different attitude about soldiers being killed before we see their name, faces, etc.

And that is why we would rather kill a soldier being taken captive then have him sit somewhere being held by terrorists.

That is where we are.

And we have to deal with it.

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1 comment:

  1. Well, I'll say it's wrong then. We can't play G-d and take innocent life. To ask our soldiers to murder our own or to commit suicide is wrong. If we killed ourselves any time we were in the hands of the enemy, there would be no Jews alive today.

    Our politicians and commanders need to find the courage to immediatly chase after and kill, NOT ARREST, the capturing terrorists. Or to do everything to find and free the captives. Not just to sit, watch the captives being dragged off and moan because we don't want to upset the UN or other nations. Wasn't it Gilad's capture that our soldiers were not allow to react to while their commander busied himself with calling his stockbroker?

    Then, soldiers really wanted to free Shalit during Cast Lead. They had signs on their tanks and vehicles:"Gilad, we're coming!" They were willing to risk their lives to rescue him, but were not allowed to try.

    This non-military reaction to hostage-taking by the upper eschalons is what has to change!
    Killing ourselves or our own may be politically correct, but it is totally against the Torah and therefore, totally to the detriment of the Nation of Israel.