I recall Netivah Ben-Yehudah describe her stint in the Palmach. She said that they had an affinity with the Arab soldiers until she, at least, saw how they related to their soldiers, and the Jews who fought against them. It wasn't nice, and . . . she knew what she what she was fighting for. Mr. Pfeffer should have done his homework before he set his fingers to the keyboard. Yes, there are situations where Jewish soldiers are required to hold back their mercy. Indeed, it is said that "He who is merciful to cruel people, are bound to become as cruel to their own". You see it with the latter day Yevseks who watch the unemployed, the injured, and even wounded soldiers line up for their benefits while they sit around telling you about their days in the Palmach. If I recall, didn't the Old Man disband them after there was rumor that they were planning to take over the government of the State of Israel? Ah, but that was another form of religion.
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from the article: IDF Chief Rabbi: Troops who show mercy to enemy will be 'damned'