The Hannibal Directive: Why Israel Risks the Life of the Soldier Being Rescued

For 17 years, the dramatically named directive, one of the most controversial orders in Israeli military history, remained a secret. When it was made public, it got surprisingly little backlash.

The Israel Defense Forces' murky procedure for preventing one of its soldiers falling into enemy hands has an appropriately dramatic name: the Hannibal Directive. But the name for the highly controversial and often misunderstood order was, in fact, chosen at random by an IDF computer almost three decades ago.