Weekly Commentary: IDF Rules Of Engagement Gave Terrorists Chance To
Dr. Aaron Lerner 22 October 2022
Dr. Yehuda Yifrach, head of the legal desk of the Makor Rishon newspaper,
shared a shocking report in the Friday edition:
A team of IDF sharpshooters and spotters deployed to ambush terrorists
expected to attack the Beit El community from Old Highway 60 were instructed
by direct order from the brigade commander not to open fire unless it was
certain that a terrorist attack HAD taken place.
Yes. The instruction was NOT TO OPEN FIRE UNTIL THE TERRORIST TOOK A SHOT.
Here it is, step by step:
#1. For two weeks the IDF sharpshooters and spotters were deployed in the
#2. During the Sukkot holiday, when people eat outside of their homes, the
spotter, using night vision, identified a suspicious car with two men
inside approaching on the road and began to monitor it.
#3. The spotter saw the vehicle stop and a terrorist, armed with an
automatic weapon, get out of the vehicle.
#4. The spotter saw the terrorist raise his weapon, position himself to
fire towards the direction of the Beit El community and seek a target.
#5. The terrorist opened fire, spraying the Nizri family sukkah with
as the family ate dinner.
#6. A sharpshooter then killed the terrorist with a shot fired from a
distance of 240 meters.
#7. The second terrorist escaped in the car and was captured later.
It turned out the no one in the sukkah was murdered, and since this incident
did not take place in the Israeli Air Force, where near misses are
investigated with the same vigor as tragedies, what transpired received the
standard Israeli reaction: since things essentially worked out the incident
Now I am absolutely sure that if, thanks to the direct orders of the brigade
commander, the NIzri family had been slaughtered that night, that the
brigade commander would no longer be holding his command.
There is also no question that if the terrorist had managed to slaughter the
Nizri family with that first burst of gunfire that the rules of engagement
would have been immediately revised so that such an incredibly immoral
incident could never happen again.
Instead we are treated now to talking heads ridiculing settlers who complain
about the rules of engagement.
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