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Text testimonies “We’re talking about human beings, it's a dialogue that takes place under fire – if there's an escalation, things intensify
catalog number: 345037
Unit: Air Force
Area: Gaza strip
period: 2014
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“We’re talking about human beings, it's a dialogue that takes place under fire – if there's an escalation, things intensify
Unit: Air Force
Area: Gaza strip
period: 2014

What's a problematic target? A target that doesn’t fall under the firing policy – that hitting it would entail violating the firing policy criteria.

Can you tell me about a target that at first wasn’t approved for striking, and later did get approved? Well, after the APC in Shuja’iyya, (an incident in which seven IDF soldiers were killed when a rocket hit their armored personnel carrier) and when the brigade commander was killed (certain members of the IDF mistakenly believed, for a period during the operation, that a Golani brigade commander was killed), so things weren’t done the same as they were before. There are things in the military that are in flux – we’re talking about human beings, it’s a dialogue that takes place under fire – if there’s an escalation, things intensify.

Can you describe a concrete example? It's something that's known in advance. The operation wasn’t ending, it entered its first week, second week, third week, and [Hamas] kept trying to enter[Israeli] towns and kill people, so in response we struck harder. Targets that we had set aside –‘golden targets’ of sorts – they started to hit them.

What are these ‘golden targets?’ Residences of [Hamas] battalion commanders and brigade commanders. There were many, many targets that [weren’t attacked] because they didn't qualify under the firing policy, and then after Shujai’yya for example, suddenly some of those targets did get approved. The sort of problematic targets that were at a certain distance from some school – suddenly stuff like that did get approved.