This is coolbert:
They even have a name for it. The Hannibal protocol.
From several sources we have the latest info regarding the instructions as given to Israeli military commanders and combat arms troops, the proper response to be followed if and when capture or abduction by the enemy becomes imminent.
1. "Hannibal protocol standardized"
2. "After Shalit, some IDF officers see a dead soldier as better than abducted"
"Return of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit earlier this month, in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, focuses IDF discussion on 'Hannibal Protocol,' designed to prevent soldier abduction."
NOT necessarily telling the individual troop to kill himself. But rather GO DOWN FIGHTING!! More than likely that soldier flinging a grenade at the approaching enemy at the last possible second, you kill or wound your adversary but also probably either being killed or severely wounded in the process.
[Jack Smith spoke of his being wounded at the Ia Drang battlefield and laying face down with a live and armed grenade under his body waiting to toss it at the NVA if they decided to shoot or dismember him!]
Israeli unit commanders or those in seniority at the scene and witnessing a capture or abduction being authorized to OPEN FIRE at their discretion, EVEN IF YOUR OWN MAN IS HIT AND KILLED!
Friendly fire with intent cold and calculating but thought to be necessary! NO BODY ever said war was easy!