Monday, October 17, 2011

(Video) IMRA - Video: The IDF Hannibal Protocol - IDF Commander Briefing Troops

Dr. Aaron Lerner
16 October 2011

"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.

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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.”

Battalion 51 commander briefing his Golani 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


Observation: Soldiers know: if captured Israel will trade for them only if fail to kill them first

Dr. Aaron Lerner
16 October 2011

Will the culmination of the Shalit deal serve to instill confidence in IDF soldiers that the nation will stand behind them in their time of need?

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.

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