Thursday, February 18, defense Minister Moshe ya’alon said that he shared the view expressed by the chief of the General staff Gadi Eisenkot yesterday at a meeting with students in bat Yam.
«Aggressive statements create uncertainty, in which people use weapons without having» — said ya’alon, speaking at a ceremony at the College of tel Hai. The defense Minister added that «we are in a very difficult reality, which presents challenges for those who must make the decision to touch the trigger and to deprive the lives of someone standing in front of you, even if it’s the enemy.» Ya’alon added that «we cannot afford the loss of human form».
The day before, speaking to students in bat Yam, Lieutenant-General Eizenkot stated that «we do not act in the spirit of empty slogans such as «kill the one who came to kill you.» The chief of the General staff of the IDF added that «I would not like to have someone released det shop a 15-year-old girl with scissors in their hands.»
These words Eisenkot was criticized by some politicians. Member of the Knesset Bezalel Smotrich («Bayt Yehudi») urged the Minister of defense «to conduct a conversation with the chief of the General staff». According to Smotrich, «Gadi Eizenkot a gross and dismissive statements that cannot go unanswered».
Knesset member Moti Yogev («Bayt Yehudi») who have completed service in the IDF with the rank of Colonel, said in turn that «kill the one who came to kill you» is not an empty slogan, but a long-standing moral principle of Judaism».