Unit commander in the IDF infantry troops was recently suspended after being filmed disobeying orders during operational activity. Following testimonies obtained by Ynet and images depicting the officer's actions, it was decided to try him again.
The first documented case occurred some five months ago, when the officer was filmed barbecuing during a night ambush on the southern Gaza fence. The incident took place days before Operation Pillar of Defense, as the unit was operating in one of the most sensitive and volatile areas, in which the level of alertness in the field was at its peak.
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Soldiers in the squadron complained to their superiors about last month that the officer fell asleep during a patrol shift near the West Bank city of Qalqilya. One of the servicemen filmed the officer sleeping, and took away his personal weapon in front of the camera.
The officer and his soldiers
"You look at your commander as a figure you want to emulate and act the way he acts, especially in combat," said one of the soldiers, "but this officer acted as if everything were usual, even though everyone knew what he was doing and how he was behaving. You expect that officer mess-ups would be treated with the same gravity in which soldier mess-ups are treated."
IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that "these are severe incidents which are taken care of personally by the brigade commander and are completely incompatible with what is expected of IDF officers and soldiers." Military sources said that the officer will be tried next week.
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