Breaking the Silence contends that the
inspiration for many orders, which it says directly violate the
international legal obligations of an occupying power, came from the
highest ranks. Certainly, Booomerang, a new book by two prominent
Israeli journalists, Ofer Shelah and Raviv Druker, reports that at a
conference of officers as early as May 2001, Shaul Mofaz, now the
Defence Minister but then Chief of Staff, asked for the tape to be
switched off before telling them that he wanted a "price" exacted from
the Palestinians of 10 killed a day on each of the Army's seven fronts.
And after six Israeli soldiers were killed in Ein Arik in February 2002, the book says, Mr Mofaz personally ordered a revenge operation in which for the first time Palestinian police officers would be shot, whether they posed a threat or not. One soldier who took part in a raid which killed four or five Palestinian policemen at a checkpoint 24 hours after Ein Arik told the IoS: "It felt bad even at that time. They said Palestinian police are connected to terror and that the [killers] passed through the checkpoint. Maybe the police are connected to terror but for sure they didn't pass through all the checkpoints [attacked that day]."
Much later, he says, the soldiers discussed the raid, using - half-jocularly - the Hebrew term for a "terrorist attack" to describe the operation: "Pigua." "Like they are doing terror attack to us and we are doing it to them."