"No one said 'kill innocents,'" said one. "But the instruction was that for the army, anyone there is suspect and should be taken down."
"I understood... that it's better to shoot first and ask questions later," said another.
"The goal was to carry out an operation with the least possible casualties for the army, without it even asking itself what the price would be for the other side," said a third.
"The difficult thing about the atmosphere was the negligible value placed on human life. People didn't seem to be upset about taking human lives," said one soldier.
While one commander would not let his soldiers break anything in a house and another unit cleaned up after themselves, others engaged in vandalism.
"In one house we entered, I saw guys had defecated in drawers... I remember a filthy drawing in a children's nursery... I really felt ashamed.. and so do guys who were with me."