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IDF Chief Encourages Soldiers to be Respectful During Search for Missing Boys [VIDEO]

Chief of Staff Benny Gantz tells soldiers to "behave accordingly" and to "be mindful" when searching through Arab villages

By: Daniel Koren

Published: June 23rd, 2014 in News » Israel

IDF Chief Encourages Soldiers to be Respectful During Search for Missing Boys [VIDEO]

As Operation Brother’s Keeper heads into its eleventh day, many are still optimistic that the Israeli forces will find the three missing teenagers that were abducted in the West Bank on June 13th.

Meanwhile, the hashtag #BringBackOurBoys continues to trend on social media.

As the search rages on, after 360 arrests (most of whom are members of Hamas), the IDF continue with its top priority, sending thousands of Israeli soldiers into Arab villages near Judea and Samaria where they hope to find 16-year-old Gilad Shaar, 16-year-old Naftali Frankel, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrah.

In a new video, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz can be seen talking to Israeli troops about the operation, and, despite the circumstances, not to mention the pain and the anger that Israel is currently facing, he encourages nothing but the utmost respect, civility, and honor for soldiers to uphold while they conduct themselves.

“Behave accordingly when you enter houses; when you walk through the villages, because this too is important. We are not just fighters; we are first and foremost human beings,” said Gantz.

“Remember that there are also innocent people who live here. Most of them have no connection the the event,” he continued. “But we will act decisively; whether or not they are involved until we find the boys and bring them back.”

Gantz also referred to the boys as “a member of your family” and spoke of the importance of their mission. Watch the video below. #BringBackOurBoys


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