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August 12, 2015 9:51 am

IDF Issues New Rules of Engagement in Judea and Samaria

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The Jewish community of Beit El in Judea and Samaria. Credit: Yaakov via Wikimedia Commons.

The IDF issued new rules of engagement in Judea and Samaria. Photo: Yaakov via Wikimedia Commons. – Israel Defense Forces GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Roni Numa on Tuesday issued a temporary directive revising the rules of engagement across Judea and Samaria, seeking to limit the number of incidents in which live fire is used against Palestinian rioters.

The directive was issued as part of the IDF’s efforts to defuse the growing tensions on the ground following the July 31 torching of homes in the Palestinian village of Duma, near Nablus, which claimed the life of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha and his father, Saad, 31, and left his mother and 4-year-old brother in serious condition.

According to Israel’s Channel 10, the new orders bar soldiers from opening fire at Palestinian rioters hurling firebombs or stones at them, unless the troops believe they are in imminent danger. The orders specify that if a rioter who threw a stone or a firebomb is not endangering soldiers’ lives and moves away from them, the troops must not shoot toward him, but must instead try to apprehend him using other measures.

Before the new directive, the instructions were for soldiers to try to stop rioters who had hurled firebombs or stones using all reasonable measures, working under the assumption that those who threw such items once would do so again. Consequently, soldiers would pursue Palestinian rioters and begin arrest procedures, which include firing in midair and if necessary at the suspects’ legs.

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  • This new rule is a dereliction of duty and obligation to defend the Jewish people in Greater Israel.

    The new rule must be to fire live ammo at any violent demonstration.

    Any appeasement or concession will only bring about more violence and reduce the safety and security.

    Fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can not be treated just where it is visible – every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed completely with no traces left.

    When a poison strikes the human body, the only way to address it, is to remove it and destroy it completely. That is the way the terrorist organizations should be treated.

    YJ Draiman

  • rabbi yakov lazaros

    This is a stupid rule. Telling soldiers not to fire at people hurling firebombs at them makes no sense. This rule will encourage more Arab violence and endanger soldiers.