Most Moral Army on Earth, Can’t Have It Both Ways

Let me start off by saying that I am happy Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif is dead.  He was a human piece of filth that went out to try and murder Jews. He ended up where he should have, laying in a pool of his own blood with a bullet in his head.  I am glad he was shot, and I think that al-Sharif’s family should be charged for the cost of the bullet.

The incident happened this past Thursday at the entrance to the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron.

Twenty-one-year old Abed al Fattah Yusri al Sharif and a co-terrorist approached a group of IDF soldiers, they pulled out knives and went about trying to hack the soldiers to death.

One soldier was lightly wounded, by lightly wounded think 60 -70 stitches and a year of physical therapy, not to mention the post traumatic stress involved with being savagely attacked like that.

Other soldiers present opened fire neutralizing the two terrorists, killing one instantly, leaving al-Sharif laying motionless on the ground.

Here is where things get sticky.

A B’tselem volunteer shows up on the scene and unbeknownst to the soldiers, begins videotaping. The video clearly shows an Israeli IDF soldier loading a round into his weapon, and putting a bullet into the head of the motionless al-Sharif as he lay motionless on the ground.

The soldier was arrested and charged with murder.

According to details released by military prosecutors in the Jaffa Military Court, the soldier had shot the terrorist without consulting with his superior officers, and commented to a fellow soldier, ‘he deserved to die; he stabbed a friend of mine’.

The soldier was condemned by Prime Minister BiBi Netanyahu, and Defense Moshe A’alon as immoral and in contravention of the army’s rules of engagement and ethical code

So often Israel is held to a different standard in International law.  I am fine with not giving credence to UN resolutions and UNCRC findings that are clearly motivated by out and out Jew hatred.

But we are a nation of laws.  He have chosen a set of military rules of engagement because they represent the values that we have as a people, independent to what the hostile countries that surround us would force upon us. Independent to the immoral double standard we are often held to.

This soldier clearly violated those laws.  Our laws. He clearly violated the values that those laws are based on, as well as the law itself, and he should be held accountable.

What has been really shocking is the haste to which friends of mine on the right have suggested that this soldier should not be held accountable in anyway.

It is a choice. We are a nation of laws or we are not. We can’t have both ways.  We can not both have rules of military engagement, and at the same time allow them to be violated at the whim of a soldier on the ground.

We can not claim to be the most moral army on earth, and allow lawlessness in our ranks.

We can have a discussion about whether terrorists should be shot dead on the spot, this discussion has nothing to do with that.  This discussion is, ‘does a soldier have the right to take the law into his own hands?’

It is not what I believe the Nation of Israel was meant to be.

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Mottle Wolfe Tweets as @RebMottle. He is the host of The Mottle Wolfe Show, Israel's only daily news talk program. He lives in the Hills of Judea with his wife Batya, and their three children.
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