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What’s Going On with the IDF?

This disgraceful reality didn't happen overnight.
Arabs kicking IDF soldier on the ground.

Arabs kicking IDF soldier on the ground.

The IDF is known as one of the world’s finest military forces, but bizarre and disturbing things have been occurring lately.

“Thieves break into IDF base, steal soldier’s rifle,” read a recent headline about the Naftali camp in the north. Last December, two Arabs breached the security fence at the Rama base north of Jerusalem, pepper sprayed the soldier at the guard station, then stole his weapon.

The same month, F-16 engines disappeared from a base in central Israel, preceded by crates of ammunition and military jeeps stolen from bases in the south.

In March, an Eritrean infiltrated and vandalized a base that contains classified units. This month, a prisoner in a high-security military prison escaped for the second time. Given that at least one base has been plagued with rats, maybe friendly rodents chewed out an escape route for him?

Another base last year was reported to have open sewage, worms in the kitchen, and other charming features. But at least soldiers there might be adequately fed, which doesn’t seem to be the case all around.

To top it off, soldiers describe feeling humiliated over orders that endanger their lives and incriminate them for defending themselves—in addition to the demoralizing effects of such policies.

This disgraceful reality didn’t happen overnight. Consider Aaron Klein’s description of the October 2000 surrender of Joseph’s Tomb in The Late Great State of Israel:

“…soldiers clandestinely removed holy materials and a Torah scroll from the site. Palestinian gunmen led by Arafat’s Brigades squad fired on an Israeli convoy as it departed the tomb, wounding one border policeman. The Israelis retreated completely while under fire. Within less than an hour, Palestinian rioters overtook Joseph’s Tomb and began to ransack the site…”

Yet look how robustly the military demolishes Jewish communities, as part of what a wife and mother expelled from Mitzpe Avichai has called “a well-oiled system of robots.”

If a military is a microcosm of society, then all of these events should be expected given the derelict and abusive national conditions I discussed a few columns ago. As long as mourners at the Mount of Olives suffer rock attacks and police ignore similar aggression elsewhere, don’t be surprised when the IDF mirrors this hideousness.

 

About the Author: Menachem Ben-Mordechai has written for numerous publications on subjects ranging from Israel and Latin America to the sport of powerlifting and life insurance. He has also coached elite powerlifters as well as beginners. Menachem's other writing can be found under the name Myles Kantor.

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7 Responses to “What’s Going On with the IDF?”

  1. Nitzan Alon and all his pals up to and including all the generals surrounding him and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz are lowlife vermins. All of them. Heads should roll for all this abject treason and cowardice. I spit on them!

  2. Brian Kent says:

    If I were an IDF soldier my morale would be as low as could be.

  3. You could have framed your criticism in less offensive language. We're all one people, you know.

  4. You cannot tie a peoples hands behind their backs, threaten that they'll be prosecuted for defending themselves when boarding an illegal Mavimara, prosecute them for behaving like soldiers AGAINST AN ENEMY sworn to kill them, get condemned for retaliating against thousands of rockets and expect them not to be confused.They go into battle with video cameras and lawyers advising them on their every move. THE PROBLEM IS OUR MEMBERS OF KNESSET AND OUR LEADERS. STOP RESTRAINING OUR BOYS!

  5. The articles lacks details, useless.

  6. thank you Russell for telling it like it is. grandmother of IDF soldier

  7. Anonymous says:

    It pains me to see Israeli Soldiers taking action against Israeli Settlers but allowing Palestinians to get away with what ever they want, Israel belongs to the Jewish people, not the Palestinians, so why should Israelis get eh short end of the stick! Should the Palestinians get out of hand, then beat the hell out of them and kick them back to Jordan where they belong and look after you own, the Jewish people…And by the way,..I am a Goyim,..I stand for Israel and the Jewish people.

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