(PHOTO: Sgt. Guy Levy of the armored corps, killed today by
the IDF to prevent his capture)
(August 1, 2014) Richard Silverstein on Israel Murdering Its Own Soldiers
Introduction by Gilad Atzmon: The following is a superb article by Richard Silverstein. It explores the history and meaning of the IDF’s Hannibal Directive - an Israeli military protocol designed to prevent IDF soldiers from being captured alive by enemy forces.
The directive orders commanders to take necessary measures, including endangering the life of an abducted soldier, to foil a kidnapping. In practice, the Hannibal Directive orders IDF combatants to kill their comrades in a case of abduction.
Silverstein is horrified by the directive and its ethical and legal implications. He also believes that such a homicidal protocol is inconsistent with the Israeli military’s alleged heritage of caring for its soldiers.
But Silverstein’s perspective may be mistaken. It must be noted that military and civil law are distinctively different domains.