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IDF Col. Ofer Winter with soldiers this summer

One of the most inspiring IDF army commanders to have led his troops into battle against the terrorist enemy during Operation Protective Edge this summer is being left off the list to be promoted, according to the Hebrew-language NRG news website.

Givati Brigade Commander Col. Ofer Winter was in line to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, but it is apparently not to be, according to the report — at least, not this year — due to two controversial incidents that took place during his wartime leadership this summer.

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One cause of the holdup is rumored to be a letter of inspiration he wrote to the men under his command on July 9, just prior to entering Gaza.

The other is allegedly his involvement with the implementation of the Hannibal protocol in Rafah in response to the murder-abduction of Lt. Hadar Goldin by Hamas terrorists during a supposed cease-fire in Gaza.

Hamas is still holding the body parts of Goldin’s corpse it captured during the attack, for some ghoulish ransom, such as the exchange of who knows how many live Palestinian Authority terrorist prisoners held in Israeli jails. Or perhaps in trade for a huge number of dead Muslim terrorist bodies. After the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah returned the bodies of two kidnapped and murdered IDF reservists to Israel in exchange for both.

The letter of inspiration Winter wrote for his soldiers during Operation Protective Edge this past summer contained Biblical references, making it a controversial item for secularist groups but one that was lauded by others.

Deputy Religious Services Minister Eli Ben-Dahan praised the commander for the letter of encouragement sent to soldiers under his command. Winter wrote of their ‘great merit’ to be at the forefront of the battle against “the terrorist enemy that dares to curse, blaspheme and scorn the God of Israel.”

Summing up his trust in his men, his commanders and in his Creator, the Givati Brigade commander wrote, “In the name of the fighters of the IDF and in particular the Brigade and the commanders, may the verse be fulfilled for us that ‘the Lord your God goes with you to fight for you with your enemies to save you,’ and we will say ‘Amen.’ Together – and only together – we will win.”

Winter’s letter stirred and inspired many by its deep and abiding faith but was slammed by at least two secularist groups who insisted Israel can not mix religion with military affairs.

Nevertheless, the vast majority of lawmakers spoke out in support of the commander, saying his call for Divine aid in time of battle against an implacable enemy was entirely appropriate.

As far as his implementation of the Hannibal protocol, that issue is being considered separately along with all other such matters by the IDF investigating committee.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

17 COMMENTS

  1. If the Israeli gov and or the IDF bend their knee to any other than their
    MOST HIGH GOD, they’re in trouble. Don’t be politically correct…be
    GOD correct and you better call on GOD before every battle. This is
    ELOHEYNU’S LAND you’re fighting to protect.

  2. This Commander Desrves The Promotion. Its a pity our Politicians do not have the backbone to support & appreciate the outstanding officers in our army, Who are dedicated to our defence at all cost. Shame on these politicians.

  3. Col. Winter is a fine example of the kind of commanders Israel needs. They may get away with withholding his promotion now but in some not-to-distant war the necessity of promoting the best commanders to defeat Israel’s enemies will over come this kind of foolishness. Col. Winter understands his enemy. A “…terrorist enemy that dares to curse, blaspheme and scorn the God of Israel.” Col Winter may Hashem bless you for standing up for his name. May he bless you with a long and glorious career defeating the enemies of Israel.

  4. If the Israeli gov and or the IDF bend their knee to any other than their
    MOST HIGH GOD, they're in trouble. Don't be politically correct…be
    GOD correct and you better call on GOD before every battle. This is
    ELOHEYNU'S LAND you're fighting to protect.

  5. Col. Winter is a fine example of the kind of commanders Israel needs. They may get away with withholding his promotion now but in some not-to-distant war the necessity of promoting the best commanders to defeat Israel's enemies will over come this kind of foolishness. Col. Winter understands his enemy. A "…terrorist enemy that dares to curse, blaspheme and scorn the God of Israel.” Col Winter may Hashem bless you for standing up for his name. May he bless you with a long and glorious career defeating the enemies of Israel.

  6. What wrong has he done, The col put God first that’s very good Moses did the same and so did the fore fathers of Israel. Judaism is not a religion but way of life, Yes the Col needs to be promoted

  7. This Commander deserves his promotion, he has served Israel well unlike some of Israel’s politicians. His speech may not have been politically correct but it got results from his troops. God bless him and all the members of the Gavati Brigade for a job well done.

  8. This Commander deserves his promotion, he has served Israel well unlike some of Israel's politicians. His speech may not have been politically correct but it got results from his troops. God bless him and all the members of the Gavati Brigade for a job well done.

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