HEBRON, PALESTINE – Anger at terrorism is understandable, but that does not excuse violent retribution against the terrorists necessarily.
In this series we have featured more than a few terrorist incidents involving Israel and Palestine. In some, Israelis attacked Palestinians. In others the opposite was true. In all, innocent people died.
The conflict between the two parties seems intractable. It has been going on for a very, very long time and any ‘solution’, no matter how groundbreaking it appears at the time, fails to result in lasting peace. The sides keep fighting.
Atrocities abound on both sides. Any respect for human rights seems to be absent. On occasion, even those supposedly trained to rein in their emotions do things that may surprise you.
On this day in 2016
Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians after they attacked a soldier in the West Bank: one soldier was detained after being shown on video firing a round into the head of one of the assailants as he lay on the ground. That member of armed forces was suspended from duty while Israeli military police hold a criminal investigation.
What happened in Hebron does not represent the values of the IDF. Israeli soldiers are expected to exercise restraint and follow open-fire regulations.Israeli PM Netanyahu
What drove the soldier to shoot an unarmed terrorist is unclear: he was eventually convicted of manslaughter. All this just goes to show that when it comes to terrorism sometimes the rule book is cast aside.
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