Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said yesterday that it is the Israeli military, not the US, that determines Israel’s open-fire policy. TBEN reported.
“The IDF’s Chief of General Staff, and he alone, determines and will determine the rules of engagement in accordance with our operational needs and values of the IDF,” Gantz said, according to the news site.
“These instructions are strictly followed by soldiers and their commanders. There has been no political involvement in the matter, and there will be no political involvement,” he added.
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A senior official was also quoted as saying, “No one is going to change the rules of engagement because of US political pressure.”
This comes as the Joe Biden administration pressures Israel to change its open-fire policy in the occupied West Bank following the assassination of Palestinian-American journalist Shereen Abu Akleh.
Deputy US State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said Tuesday that the Biden administration will continue to pressure Israel “to closely monitor its policies and practices regarding the rules of engagement” of the occupying army in the occupied West Bank. review.
Patel stated that this is necessary to “reduce the risk of civilian harm, protect journalists and prevent similar tragedies”.
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