Bennett defends Eisenkot following criticism from Right

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot merely repeated the rules of engagement in saying that soldiers shouldn’t shoot teenagers attacking them with scissors, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said on Saturday, taking an opposite tack from several other politicians on the Right.

“I support [Eisenkot’s] statement that soldiers need to strike those who endanger lives and not those who don’t endanger lives,” Bennett told Channel 2’s Meet the Press program.

According to Bennett, Eisenkot’s critic’s misunderstood him: “He was repeating the rules of engagement; you open fire if someone is putting your life or that of the people around you in danger.”


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