IDF chief’s call for restraint from soldiers causes stir

MKs from across the political spectrum on Thursday reacted to comments from IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, who on Wednesday called for a degree of restraint from Israeli security forces in the face of less extreme terror attacks, saying “I don’t want to see a soldier empty a magazine [to shoot] a young girl with scissors.”

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) slammed Eisenkot on Thursday in a complaint to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. The right wing MK said that Eisenkot, who has served in the IDF for almost 40 years, was "degrading the sanctity of the IDF" in his call for a proportionate responses to ongoing threats.


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