The Orders were to take the militants alive, so why were they killed? Easy, if you take the wrong militants alive, they get tried and released because you arrested innocent people. If you kill them, then they are automatically guilty and you are automatically right. What to do? Admit you cannot find the guilty and have that fact revealed in court? Or murder random individuals who will then be 'assumed' to be guilty? The "answer' is simple, kill anyone and claim they are guilty, and you are credited with killing terrorists. Arrest the same people and lose the case at trial, and suffer the consequence. The dead 'terrorist' is the 'terrorist' you do not have to prove was a 'terrorist.' In America this is described as 'kill them all and let God sort it out." Better Arabs murdered than Arabs not murdered. Better Israelis get away with murdering Arabs than anyone be punished. Is this the world that the decent folks who founded Israel wanted to create?
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