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IDF's New 'Moral Guidelines'

IDF soldiers patrol in West Bank (Photo: flickr/IDF)

As the wave of terrorist attacks against Israelis has continued for over a year now, the brave men and women whose job it is to protect the Holy Land have found themselves facing an enemy whose tactics are in direct opposition to Israel's moral code. Now, The Jerusalem Post's Anna Ahronheim reports, the IDF is adopting a set of "moral guidelines" that will instruct soldiers how to deal with the difficult situations in which they find themselves:

The Israeli army is in the final stages of developing a new document which will instruct soldiers in how to better prepare themselves for any ethical dilemmas they may face while serving in the West Bank.

Set to be released in the upcoming weeks, the document is said to be a result of studying the interrogations of Palestinians who had carried out attacks against Israelis and had claimed they had been motivated by revenge against IDF troops who they accused of treating them, their friends or family in an unfair manner at checkpoints.

Written by Efraim Brigade Commander, Col. Roi Sheetrit under the order of West Bank Division Commander Brig. Gen. Lior Carmeli, it outlines to soldiers how to properly conduct arrests, including how to best enter and search the homes of Palestinians suspects and their families, as well as how to properly treat Palestinians detainees.

Israel has carried out near-nightly raids in the West Bank, arresting Palestinians, shutting down weapons factories and confiscating arms, greatly reducing the number of illegal arms that could end up in the hands of potential attackers.

According to a senior IDF officer, “these are the things that soldiers don’t learn during their training. Even outstanding soldiers can sometimes get out of line during events that are morally problematic. It’s not always bullying, it’s simply that sometimes they are unable to properly assess a situation.”

“When a battalion arrives in a village, I want the soldiers to be able to connect with the Palestinian residents and know how to properly behave with them.”

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