Why the Israeli Army Is Dropping Its Controversial Hannibal Directive

Army chief Gadi Eisenkot is determined to rid the IDF of its entrenched conventions, whether that's on the battlefield or at training bases. The actions of politicians and religious leaders don't make his task any easier.

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