Bayit Yehudi chairman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett came to the defense of the IDF on Sunday, calling for national support for the Givati Brigade, which could face legal consequences for events that occurred on August 1 dubbed "Black Friday."
On the first day of August, the IDF used the Hannibal Protocol to try to thwart the capture of Lt. Hadar Goldin who was slain during the July-August war in Gaza. The controversial practice is thought to involve massive use of infantry, artillery and air fire against a wide area in which the army believes the enemy is trying to make off with a captured soldier. Allegations are that IDF fire killed anywhere from the mid-thirties to around 100 to as many as 150 Palestinians.
Classified recordings depicting the Givati Brigade’s operations that day were leaked to the public, as the army's legal division considers whether to criminally investigate IDF commanders and soldiers over certain incidents from the summer war.
Bennett said an investigation into the incident would be a "relentless assault" on IDF soldiers, who risked their lives "after their friend was kidnapped by barbaric terrorists during a cease-fire."
Siding with the camp that backs the Givati commanders, Bennett lashed out at those calling for war crimes probes against the IDF, saying there "should be no investigation against bravery."