Matthew Kalman
Jerusalem-based foreign correspondent, author, filmaker
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Israeli soldiers are launching an all-out invasion of YouTube

“You’re in the army now,” declared British rockers Status Quo, but is the military mix in good taste – or is war, as Edwin Starr famously sang, good for “absolutely nothing” when it comes to dance music?

The Israeli army are becoming seriously worried about the growing number of music dance videos posted on YouTube by its soldiers, reports Maariv.

The latest IDF dance clip was uploaded to YouTube in November by reservists doing Gangnam Style at an army base during Operation Pillar of Defense.

The IDF hoped it had seen the last of its dancing soldiers  when it ordered Cleangrunge to remove his “PALHOD 50” Rock the Casbah in HEBRON video on July 5, 2010.

But they were too late. The clip of Israeli soldiers from the Nahal Infantry Brigade’s 50th Airborne Battalion in synchronized dance steps to Ke$ha’s TiK ToK with loaded guns during a patrol in the Hebron casbah had already gone viral and been captured by others. It has scored more than a million hits since then.

It all began back in 2008, when the Moran Unit uploaded their dance version of Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em’s Crank That.

One of the most popular soundtracks for the terpsichorean warriors is Ai Se Eu Te Pego by the Brazilian singer Michel Telo. A platoon of paratroopers took time off at a training base to score more than half a million hits with their line dance in full combat gear.

Another base, and another battalion with the same song, this time wearing breathing apparatus against chemical weapons attack.

Not to be outdone, ‘A’ Platoon at the Alon Armoured Division performed their own Tacata Tank Dance by the Italian group Tacabro in a range of costumes from full military coveralls to shirtless. One guy wore his favourite Simba the Lion suit.

The Golani Brigade also appear to believe that happiness is a warm gun. Their choice for a quick dance break during training last August was Call Me Maybe by Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen.

“This exposes the army to problems,” a military source told Maariv. Can’t wait for the shayetet version of the Village People’s In the Navy.

About the Author
Matthew Kalman is the Executive Producer for Times of Israel Presents. He reports for international media from Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gaza and all points in between. His books 'The Murder of Yasser Arafat' and 'Psychobibi' are published by DeltaFourth