This rabbi sounds like a bit of a nut job but the headline may be misleading. Is he really encouraging soldiers to use Palestinians as human shields or is he saying something a little less extreme -- that soldiers shouldn't be obligated to risk their lives to save the civilians of their enemy. There's a difference between telling soldiers to: (1) not take action to rescue a civilian if the rescue would put your own life at risk; and (2) treat the lives of civilians like body armor. Asking an 11 year boy to open a bag suspected to contain explosives is a shocking crime. And if that is condoned by rabbis or others, there is a deep moral vacuum.
Security cabinet meeting convened to assess security situation in Israel's south ends (Haaretz)
from the article: Leading rabbi encourages IDF soldiers to use Palestinian human shields
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