Does the IDF act without receiving orders from the government? If this is the case, then Israel is in deeper trouble as a democracy than appears obvious. Did Netanyahu and Barak give orders and accept advice because the IDF was lying to them? Are these not men who's career as politicians are built upon their activities as IDF officers? If Netanyahu and Barak are now throwing the IDF to the wolves to protect their careers, then Israel is in a Great Deal More Trouble than they wish it to appear. I cannot believe without some PROOF that the IDF acted without the knowledge and consent - or direct orders - of Netanyahu and Barak. I find it far more plausible that Netanyahu and Barak are throwing to the wolves men who did their bidding, or at least told them what they wanted to hear and then did it. Who was it that was proud to be photographed upon the wing of the hijacked airplane? Who basked in the light of his brother's death in a great hostage rescue? Who was it that dressed in drag and risked his life in Beirut? These are not men who are knaves, without any experience in the world of covert and overt actions. These are not men who could have been deceived by the IDF or approved something which they had no clue about it's nature.
Palestinian man suffers light wounds from rocks thrown by Jewish men in Jerusalem (Haaretz)