In Israel, every soldier is given, in addition to their soldier's ID (known as a 'teudat choger' תעודת חוגר in Hebrew) a small piece of paper with an excerpt of the Geneva convention. This piece of paper details what an Israeli soldier should say when he or she is taken captive, and what the captors are not allowed to do in accordance with the Geneva convention.

I can't tell you how many times my friends and I have laughed at the notion that any captor from a neighboring Arab country and/or terrorist organization will actually abide by those rules. Perhaps if they have something to gain, such as the release of prisoners, they may treat us relatively fairly, but otherwise...

Yeah, otherwise. If Israel does indeed lose an all-out war, do you honestly believe that all Arab military forces will be civil about the whole process, that they'll simply say: "Yeah, OK, some of this land is now ours, and now we'll just let you go ahead and live normal, peaceful lives"? I don't. Nor did the residents of Israel back in the time of the War of Independence, the days before the Six Day War, and during the first days of the Yom Kippur war. No, I wasn't there, but I haven't read or heard a single recollection which didn't describe in great detail the tangible fear of utter destruction that was felt during those times.

No, Israel cannot afford to lose a war in which it is attacked by its neighbors.

A clarification, though: not all of Israel's wars are wars of survival. The most recent wars were wars in which Israel goes on the offensive against terrorists who regularly attack Israeli civilians. In wars like these, if Israel 'loses' it simply means that it hasn't met its own goals of successfully neutralizing terrorism.


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