# 53 Ben Jabo - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nick Ferriman
    • 17.03.07 | 21:18 (IST)

    Dear Ben Jabo, Thank you for your reply. I trust you negotiated the barbed wire safely. You mention that the IDF has the run of the country. I am curious to know what that means. Generally, in democracies, the armed forces are kept to their barracks or only allowed out to do their stuff on their training areas and ranges. From your description it sounds as if the IDF can go wherever they like, and do whatever they like. I appreciate there is a conflict going on, but you make it sound as if the IDF is beholden to no one. Is there no civilian control over the military? Who runs the country, the politicians or the generals? I actually believe the IDF is a law-unto-itself, which is why the civilian fatality rate among the Palestinians is so high. Perhaps you could assure me otherwise.

    from the article: IDF troops conduct takeover drills in Palestinian village
    First published 00:00 16.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 16.03.07
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