i personally believe that alot of the more blatant incidents of this sort, even in the gaza offensive, are the work of individual soldiers/officers(whose origins and influences are easily drduced), in the brigades that are involved. unfortunately, that does NOT change the complicity of the idf for protecting those involved from being held accountable, nor that of fellow soldiers for maintaining silence despite their own moral objections. and what's NOT reassuring is the cold-blooded ease, sometimes even eagerness, with which these acts are apparently carried out.
Clinton: U.S. must "make clear" to Putin that Russia cannot be creating chaos in Syria (Reuters)
from the article: Orders were to capture militants alive - so why were they killed?