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Sunday, March 23, 2014

IDF officers need to get a sense of humor?

Some of you might recall this video of IDF soldiers giving Haman, the villain in the Purim story, a rather loud greeting.

It seems that the soldiers were in an officers' course, and some of their commanding officers were not amused. The soldiers have been sentenced to up to 31 days in the brig.
Apparently, the video shows, the soldiers decided to take the custom to the next level – using their IDF-issued machine guns to make noise when Haman's name was read. The video, filmed on a cellphone, shows the soldiers pulling the trigger, firing into the air in the direction of an empty field. Observing the goings-on were the soldiers' commanders.
For IDF brass, the video was embarrassing – and judgment was quick to come. The commander was sentenced to 31 days in army jail for allowing the incident to go on, and two of the candidates were thrown out of the course. Other soldiers involved received lesser punishments.
Disagreeing with the sentences was MK Nissim Slomiansky (Jewish Home), who called them “excessive,” even though there was no place for such behavior. In a statement, the IDF said that the actions were “in direct contradiction to the values of the Israeli army.
Contradiction to the values of the Israeli army? Huh? It's not like they went out and shot at someone. There was an empty field in front of them. 

Count me among those who think the IDF over-reacted.

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At 5:03 AM, Blogger in the vanguard said...

Carl, where's your sense of humor?
What would you have done; Put down your gun and pound the earth? Don't judge, anyhow, until you step into their shoes.


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