The fatal gunfire accident Wednesday evening in the Jordan Valley, in which two company commanders from the Egoz commando unit were killed, was an extremely grave blunder that no extenuating circumstances can explain. When the Israel Defense Forces go to war in densely built-up areas in the Gaza Strip, or in southern Lebanon, two-sided shooting accidents are a sometimes unavoidable result of the complex combat milieu. But the deaths of the two officers, Maj. Ofek Aharon and Maj. Itamar Elharar, should have been prevented. On no account should something like this happen.
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