Testimony Num : 89

It was obvious the moment we decided

Maglan Unit, Medic

My story begins at the end of 2008 and into early 2009 when I was serving in the
elite Maglan unit. My team was situated inside the Israeli border during Operation
Cast Lead, looking towards the Gaza Strip, searching for rocket launchers aimed at
Israel. Every day, during Operation Cast Lead, between 1:00 and 3:00 pm, there was a
humanitarian ceasefire whereby the IDF unilaterally decided to stop operating.
Inside of using this time to allow their citizens to recover, the Hamas viewed this
ceasefire as an opportunity to attack the IDF. This presented the IDF with several
dilemmas: should we continue our activities by attacking from the air and sending
infantry troops into the area, or should we cease all activities to respect the cease-fire?
I recall discussions about it, but the decision was ultimately to respect the ceasefire.