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Text testimonies It was a huge maneuver
catalog number: 79611
Area: Gaza strip
period: December 2008 - January 2009
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It was a huge maneuver
Area: Gaza strip
period: December 2008 - January 2009

Was 'lookouts' a term you used?Certainly.

What does it mean?Lookouts on the other side.

Meaning?That a soldier detects someone watching him. If it's on the ground – they can take him down themselves.

What does that mean, someone looking at them?Through binoculars.

Only with binoculars or anyone standing on a roof or a balcony?That depends on the specific moment. Certainly if someone is spotted looking through binoculars, we assume he's a lookout.

But say someone is standing near our forces holding a cell phone?What, say at a 100-meter range? He'll be shot for sure… I think that in most cases, it’s guys on the ground who detected people watching them and shot them. So, say as a rebound, a Shabak guy can tell you whether the guys took down someone whom the Hamas says they took down.

How many such cases were there?I don't remember… Most of the ones that were taken down – and this is the main thing I have to say – were taken down by order of headquarters and with weapons operated by headquarters and not by the soldiers on the ground. The number of enemy targets killed by HQ-operated remote weapons compared to enemy targets killed by soldiers on the ground has been reversed: once, headquarters hardly took anyone down, and now soldiers on the ground hardly take anyone down.

According to data reported by Palestinian human rights organizations in Gaza, 1,100 persons were killed by artillery and air force bombings.Sounds likely to me. I remember a number that I can’t swear to, 80 people taken down by headquarters with different means, including helicopters.

That's a very large number. Firing 60-70 times.I'm telling you, things were really upside down in this operation. Headquarters opened fire much more often than the soldiers on the ground. That's why, when I read your reports on soldiers telling stories about how they fired constantly, I don't understand what they're talking about… The whole operation was an exercise in managing life inside a defense position, a collaborative maneuver of air and ground forces and cooperation between the military and the Shabak. It was a huge maneuver, live. But combat engagement?