One thing needs to be kept in mind when considering the actions of the soldiers: A standard mode of attack for Palestinians is to strap explosive belts to their bodies and then approach soldiers exactly like these people did.
If you walk into a battle zone, and start to approach a military vehicle, and don’t stop when commanded, then you shouldn’t be surprised if you are met with gunfire.
Incidentally, the international ‘peace activists’ that marched their way into Arafat’s headquarters yesterday tried to smuggle several known terrorists out of the building in their midst.
You know, most people consider waving a white flag and then using the leeway granted to carry out a military mission to be despicable. And I believe it is a violation of the Geneva Conventions.
But this is the dilemma Israeli soldiers face. There is no way to know who a ‘civilian’ is, when EVERYONE in the conflict is dressed as a civilian. The Palestinians are even using Red Crescent ambulances loaded with children as weapons carriers, again in violation of the Geneva Conventions. In such an environment, mistakes are going to be made by the Israelis. Deadly ones. But exactly who is to blame for that?