We received intelligence that a woman suicide bomber is on her way to the area
Throughout Operation Protective Edge, every day at a certain hour, there was a so-
called ‘humanitarian corridor’. This means that we, as soldiers, evacuated a certain
route that was known to all residents so that they could safely pass through, transport
ambulances and other vehicles and give the civilian population time to recover, eat or
organize. It was something that was routine and familiar.
I want to share a personal story about something that happened to me on one of those
days. As an officer, I facilitated the humanitarian corridor and supervised it. That
particular day, we had received intelligence that a woman with an explosive belt was
supposed to arrive and explode herself near IDF forces.
Our sources were usually very reliable and accurate. At the same time, the humanitarian
corridor was open and many women and children were passing through this corridor. It
was very difficult to distinguish and identify the woman we were looking for, who had
the potential to endanger my forces.
I was faced with a dilemma. Should I continue to allow them to pass and possibly
endanger my soldiers in the event we could not identify the woman who, we were told,
was, apparently wearing an explosive belt, or, should I continue to allow the civilian
population time to recover?
I was placed in a very difficult dilemma, though I knew that whatever
decision I would make, would be backed up by the senior IDF commanders.
Ultimately, I decided to continue to let them pass through the corridor, as I believed
that it was morally right to allow Gazan citizens, who may have found themselves
caught up in this difficult situation, an opportunity to recover.
However, I decided to bring additional IDF forces to the entrance to the corridor to
assist the others in monitoring each individual who passed through.