Ethics of the IDF

In April, IDF (Zahal) set new policy in regards to investigating Palestinian casualties in Judea and Samaria

Date: 16/08/2011, 1:37 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

IDF (Zahal) soldiers and commanders strictly follow the ethics of the IDF (Zahal) Spirit which clearly state that soldiers recognize the supreme value of human life and dignity, regardless of origin, religion, nationality, gender, status or position.

Maintaining their humanity even during combat, the soldiers use their weapons only to the extent necessary for the mission, avoiding causing any harm to uninvolved human beings.

In April 2011, Military Advocate General, Maj. Gen. Avichai Mendelblit created a new policy regarding Palestinian casualties in Judea and Samaria, in April 2011.

The new policy requires every case in which uninvolved Palestinians are killed by IDF (Zahal) fire to be investigated immediately by the Criminal Investigation Division. This policy applies unless the incident occurred during an activity clearly stated as combat.

Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, retired IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi (res.), GOC Central Command, Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi and commanders of the Judea and Samaria Division formulated the new policy.