New IDF orders: Initiate action in Gaza instead of letting Hamas call the shots

Debkafiles – April 2, 2018

Israeli forces guarding the Gaza border were instructed Monday, April 2, to remove the gloves and take action for pre-empting Hamas’ escalating border provocations. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that this change of policy was set by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot. They saw that Hamas had been encouraged into ramping up its aggression by the clashes that occurred Friday, which left 17 Palestinians dead and hundreds injured. The IDF was therefore instructed to adopt new tactics, before the violence practiced on the Gaza border got out of hand and spread to other anti-Israel fronts in Judea and Samaria, or even Lebanon.

The exact nature of those IDF tactics is not immediately known, except that they deviate sharply from the defensive posture adopted on Friday and Saturday by the troops guarding the Gaza border. The IDF continues to be authorized to use force when necessary within the IDF’s rules of engagement. Hamas was cautioned Monday against continuing to stage provocations every few hours or else face a harsh IDF riposte.