The Israeli cabinet and political IDF against IDF soldiers

In a country whose survival depends on the morale and bravery of the IDF, one has to wonder whether a) the Cabinet as a whole; b) Knesset members representing, (i) the interests of the settlers in Judea-Samaria; ii) the MKs of left-wing, and c) the politicised IDF authorities beholden to some political clique or another, have taken leave of their senses.

On April 29, David Israel of Jewish Press reported that some 700 IDF officers and soldiers serving reserve duty have signed a petition to the Minister of Defence and to the Army’s Central Command demanding the immediate removal of left-wing activists and anarchists involved in inciting violence in Judea and Samaria against the IDF.

The petition states, among other things, that “Permanent activists of Israel anarchist organisations arrive every week to confront and clash with security forces in Judea and Samaria, inciting the populace and participating in setting up roadblocks and in violent disturbances”.

According to Ad-Kan (means both “no more” and “up to here”) the group that initiated the petition and whose mission is to expose and document the leftists organisations’ criminal (and to my mind, certainly seditious and treasonous) activities in the field, including paying Arabs to throw stones at the soldiers. Yes you read it right; throwing stones! Stones that injured more than 150 soldiers.

Ad-Kan officially contacted the Ministry of Defence with the names of anarchists, just about one year ago in 2017 and then again in August of 2017 and received no reply.

The petition concludes: “It would be appropriate for the military establishment that sends Israeli soldiers to confront Palestinians   who are trained and operated by Israeli activists to punish those activists or at least make sure they are removed from the area, which is yet to be done to this day.”

Much to my surprise, the petition explicitly excludes the anarchists, activists who are resident of Judea and Samaria, as if residency in the area grants them immunity from the law and from the consequences of the physical harm they inflict on the soldiers directly or through Arabs.

It this dereliction of the duty to remove the folks and prosecute them was not enough, the petition further alleges that the same IDF authorities also “…fail to provide the soldiers in the field to deal with violent and much publicised situations.”

I wonder, how many soldiers have been demoralised by the IDF and how many of them have or are going to develop mental health problems because of the scandalous violent behaviour of their fellow Israelis, who presumably do this in order to be among the last to be killed by those who wish to destroy Israel, compounded by that of the IDF authorities who place the soldiers in such untenable situations.

It seems to me that the best way to handle these Israelis, including those who are residents of Judea and Samaria, is to charge and convict them of the appropriate, rather of plea- bargained charges, and sentence them to an indeterminate term in custody, and released them when they are cured of their mental state of mind that caused them to do what they did to the IDF soldiers.

Not only the soldiers serving In Judea and Samaria, but Israel’s own security demands it.

About the Author
Doğan Akman immigrated to Canada with his family. In Canada, he taught university in sociology-criminology and social welfare policy and published articles in criminology journals After a stint as a Judge of the Provincial Court (criminal and family divisions) of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, he joined the Federal Department of Justice as a Crown prosecutor, and then moved over to the to civil litigation branch . Since his retirement he has published articles in Sephardic Horizons and e-Sefarad and in an anthology edited by Rifat Bali titled "This is My New Homeland" published in Istanbul.