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.

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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...