IDF Chief Under Fire For Saying Soldiers Should Try Not To Kill Young Attackers

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The Times of Israel reports: Rabbis and right-wing lawmakers on Thursday took IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Gadi Eisenkot to task for stating that the IDF’s rules of engagement do not include soldiers “emptying a full magazine at a girl holding scissors.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Eisenkot’s words were damaging to Israel’s image.

“The international community very much loves to accuse Israel of using disproportionate force. At the end of the day the conduct of security forces has been exemplary,” she told Channel 2.

“When there’s a 13-year-old girl holding scissors or a knife and there is some distance between her and the soldiers, I don’t want to see a soldier open fire and empty his magazine at a girl like that, even if she is committing a very serious act,” Eisenkot had said Wednesday at a high school in the coastal city of Bat Yam.

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