Israeli soldiers take part in a military exercise, which includes infantry, tanks and artillery units, in the northern part of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria on June 23, 2016 (AFP Photo/Menahem Kahana)
The Telegraph: Israel ends the 'Hannibal Directive' - military policy to kill your own troops rather than let them be captured
Israel’s military has abandoned the controversial military policy that calls for troops to prevent their comrades being captured - even if it means killing them.
The "Hannibal Directive" was established in the 1980s and has long been one of Israel’s signature military doctrines. But it has also been a target for serious criticism by human rights groups and a spark for ethical debates within Israeli society.
The directive is meant to stop Israel’s enemies from using captured soldiers as a bargaining chip and calls for troops to open fire when one of their own is being captured even if it causes the death of their comrade.
Critics argue that the vague policy is interpreted by soldiers as a justification for indiscriminate shooting and massive civilian casualties.
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More News On Israel Ending The 'Hannibal Directive'
Israel revokes policy on preventing capture of soldiers at all costs -- AFP
Israeli Military Revokes Use of Maximum Force to Foil Captures -- New York Times
Israel drops divisive tactic for recovering captive soldiers -- Stars and Stripes/AP
Israel's Military Chief Orders End to Secretive Hannibal Directive -- Newsweek
IDF to reform controversial anti-kidnapping Hannibal Protocol -- Jerusalem post
Israeli army cancels controversial Hannibal Protocol -- Times of Israel
Conquering the Israeli Army's Hannibal Directive -- Amos Harel, Haaretz