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IDF 'Can Shoot First, Ask Questions Later'

Analyst says soldiers held back in op. for fear of harming kidnapped boys, but now gloves are off; officials fear 'price tag' revenge.
By Yosef Berger
First Publish: 6/30/2014, 9:48 PM

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Israel news photo: Flash 90

Residents of the Halhoul area were rioting Monday night, throwing rocks and bricks at IDF soldiers who are searching for the murderers of the three teens, whose bodies were found bound and buried in a shallow grave nearby.

IDF officials told Channel One that even though the bodies of the teens have been found, Operation Brother's Keeper has not ended.

Analysts have said, in fact, that it was possible that the IDF would take a “wider approach” to security-related issues in the area.

“Until now, the working assumption was that be boys were alive, so they were careful when they entered buildings and caves, in case the youths were there together with the terrorists,” said a Channel One political analyst. “I can tell you for a fact that that is over. Since tonight, the default mode for soldiers is to first shoot and ask questions later,” the analyst said. "There is now nothing to stop the army, since the youths were found murdered."

Meanwhile, among the major concerns among security officials on Monday night in the wake of the discovery of the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens is the fear that Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria will engage in “price tag attacks” against Palestinians. Sources in the army, Channel One reported Monday night, said that the security cabinet was set to discuss how to deal with possible “revenge attacks” by Jews furious at the murders of Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16), and Gilad Sha'ar (16) by terrorists.