Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Thursday backed IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkott on Thursday after he was criticized for comments in which he called for security forces to exercise restraint and avoid killing those carrying out terror attacks when it was not necessary.
Spaeking at an IDF memorial ceremony on Thursday, Ya'alon said, "We must act in a calm and collected manner. We must not harm innocents and create circumstances in which hot-bloodedness from soldiers or police or citizens causes us to lose our humanity and morality in a way that will eventually erode our way and its justice."
Ya'alon said that security forces must not have too quick a trigger finger. "We are fighting for our lives, but also our humanity."