'The fact is, soldiers are afraid to shoot'

Education Minister Bennett blames Blue and White leaders for abduction of IDF soldiers, says firing orders were 'not to shoot.'

Arutz Sheva Staff,

IDF soldiers (illustrative)
IDF soldiers (illustrative)
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Education Minister Naftali Bennett (New Right) on Sunday attacked Blue and White party heads Benny Gantz and Moshe Ya'alon, claiming the abduction of Lieutenant Hadar Goldin during 2014's Operation Protective Edge was caused by their firing orders.

At the time, Gantz was IDF Chief of Staff and Ya'alon was serving as Defense Minister.

Goldin is one of two IDF soldiers whose bodies are currently being held by Hamas.

In an interview with Radio 103FM, Bennett explained: "The entire story of the late Hadar Goldin, which is barely mentioned, was made under terrible open-fire orders."

He noted that the soldiers were "sent to deal with the tunnels" but instructed "not to open fire."

"Hadar Goldin's abduction was the result of open-fire orders that Gantz and Ya'alon imposed on IDF soldiers.

"I know that every soldier who shoots a terrorist is investigated and prevented from being promoted. I want to see when we'll try officers whose soldiers didn't engage."




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