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Lies We Tell

Israelis like to call their army the most moral in the world. But as the case of the recently disgraced Gen. Yoav Galant shows, prevarications are the rule, not the exception.

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Gen. Yoav Galant at a press conference last year. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

About 25 years ago, during the second week of my army basic training, I lost a water canteen. Trembling, I went up to my squad commander and reported the loss. The commander reassured me, explaining that there was plenty of time before roll call and that if I searched carefully I could find another canteen. I didn’t really understand what he meant, so I asked him where he thought I should look. He waved his hand in the general direction of the neighboring company and said, “Go look. I’m sure you’ll find one.” I asked him if he was suggesting that I steal a canteen. The squadron commander, who in retrospect was just a pimply 19-year-old kid, became agitated and started yelling at me not to put words in his mouth. He told me to get lost and watch my ass if I turned up at roll call without a canteen.

Unlike the recent and much talked-about moral conduct of Gen. Yoav Galant—a former candidate for the position of IDF chief of staff who was found to have taken public land for his own use and lied at least twice in court documents about it—this trivial episode required no governmental investigation committee or an opinion from the attorney general. Anyone who served in the army can recount many such moments. I don’t know a single soldier who didn’t have to lie and cut corners during his service, to cover for himself or for a friend or, more commonly, to cover for a commander who had to be kept happy. I must admit that the three years of my military service were the three years during which I told the most lies of my life.

So, if one thing surprised me about the recent revelations in the Galant affair, which led to his dismissal, it was not so much his lies as the total surprise and shock displayed by most commentators in the media. In a country where a president has been convicted of rape and a prime minister is mired in a chilling corruption trial, the iniquities of our civic systems are taken for granted. But for the candidate for chief of staff to lie? The man about to take charge of the army we Israelis so love to call the most moral in the world? Now, that is unfathomable. Perhaps this is the time to mention that the title of “most moral army in the world” is, to my ears, akin to being lauded as “man with least facial hair in the Hezbollah leadership.” Because, after all, an army’s purpose is not to feed the hungry or act as a crutch for the crippled and maimed but rather to fight and exact casualties from its enemies. Still, a myth is a myth. The IDF’s image as a scrupulous and unfailingly just military has always been Israel’s sacred cow, and it refuses to die no matter how many times you take a slaughterer’s knife to its neck.

A short perusal of the code of ethics proudly adopted by the IDF 16 years ago, written by a committee that comprised a general and a leading Israeli scholar on moral philosophy, reveals the 10 values that define “the IDF spirit.” The first is perseverance; that is, striving for victory. “This value,” the code notes, “appears first in order to emphasize its centrality.” The second value is “responsibility.” “Trustworthiness” is only third on the list.

It is very possible that a military system cannot be managed any other way—I don’t profess to understand anything about how to run an army. But what is absolutely clear to me when I see the surprised, hurt look on Galant’s face, or on the faces of Brig. Gens. Imad Fares and Moshe Tamir, who were both caught lying about minor personal issues and forced to leave the army, is that they are not a few bad apples in the general staff’s unblemished bushel but rather graduates of the army apparatus who learned the system only too well. They always persevered and strove for victory, and, as long as it didn’t mean contradicting those principles, they also told the truth. They did these things while protecting their country and fighting its enemies, and they kept doing them when they wanted to build an addition without a permit or cover up a questionable motor accident. Only when it came time for their hazing in the town square did they discover that the patterns that had served them so well when they were busy cutting corners in the army don’t really work in civilian life. Harsh as it is, dismissing these kinds of commanders is completely appropriate in my opinion. Somewhat less appropriate is the sanctimonious way several commentators and politicians have exploited such episodes to prop up the hobbled myth of the IDF as a pure, untarnished, unimpeachable organization.

When the state comptroller published a report about three weeks ago discrediting Galant, a military trial came to a close slightly further away from the limelight. It was the trial of Lt. Col. Omri Borberg, a regimental commander from the armored corps implicated in the shooting of a handcuffed protester in Na’alin, a town in the West Bank, and of Leonardo Korea, the soldier who actually pulled the trigger. Koria had argued that Borberg had ordered him three consecutive times to shoot the handcuffed protester with a rubber bullet. Neither man was sentenced to any time, and the colonel was allowed to keep his stripes. During the trial, Borberg maintained that he had not asked the solider to shoot and that it was a tragic misunderstanding. After the verdict was read, Borberg burst into tears of relief and said he wanted to go back to the army and continue serving his country. One day, if fate and his commanders are willing, he too will be an officer in the upper echelons of the IDF, and someone had better warn him right now that what works when you’re talking about shooting a handcuffed protester isn’t quite so palatable when it comes to illegal construction or seizing lands you don’t own.

Translated from Hebrew by Jessica Cohen.

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I think you missed the point. The fact that they were thrown out of the army for relatively minor infractions shows just the opposite, that the level of morality expected from senior officers is high. As for the shooting that you refers to, it sounds very dramatic. In fact he was shot with a rubber bullet in the leg and sustained no permanent damage. I still say that relative to armies involved in active warfare the IDF is the most moral. But in any case I don’t think that we should be trying to impress the outside world. It should be in our interest to maintain a moral army.

Lawrence says:

Keret is missing the point: When someone talks about a moral army, that person is referring to a code of ethics in wartime. Those ethics have nothing to do with individual soldiers making sure they have canteens, and everything to do with the way with the IDF as a collective body behaves toward the “other side” — and here, too, there may be much to debate. But regarding individual soldiers, he must keep in mind that a) the IDF is a people’s army, meaning army manpower reflects society, for better or for worse, and b) it’s a dog-eat-dog hierarchy, much like the corporate world, where rising through the ranks has little to do with morality and everything to do with being perceived as the better candidate than the person next to you. There are bad apples everywhere, and some take longer to spit out. Look instead at the entire orchard.

Howard Sterling says:

For me also, this essay proves the opposite of its professed conclusion. See as to the prevalence of lying in ordinary life: The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships –
Robert Feldman – 2009 – Family & Relationships – 292 pages
One of the nation’s leading authorities on lying reveals the prevalence of deception, and examines how it has come to dominate the modern culture.

The point is that the Israeli Army is the most moral, especially as to what counts the most, the protection of innocent human life. See Teaching Morality in Armed Conflict: The Israel Defense Forces Model
Armies regard the video as the most developed model for training soldiers about morality in armed conflict.

Jeroen Reuven Bours says:

There’s a difference between an individual who fails and an army that doesn’t. General Galant has personally failed. Let’s replace him immediately with someone who hopefully won’t. The Israeli Army as a whole on the other hand, still upholds much higher standards as compared by the moral standards among other armies – especially during combat. We try not to respond with firepower where we know civilians run a direct risk of getting hurt. Proof of that is that our enemies have no problem using children’s playgrounds as rocket launch pads.

Balancing morality with survival in combat is at best tentative and confusing, especially for a young soldier facing a hostile force whose objective is, first and foremost, to snuff out your life. The high minded moral purity of Mr. Keret’s observations might have some relevance in the training phase of soldiering, but when the enemy aims his firepower at your kishkes all the moral posturing and sanctimonious self-righteousness will not stop the bullet coming at you. The Israeli Army has, to its credit, attempted to put a moral spin on an intractable dilemma and should be commended rather than vilified.

The IDF morality against armed combatants during war is perhaps unblemished. But when it comes to unarmed civilians including innocent women and children, its moral facade reveals a severe case of acne. See the Goldstone Report. I know, Judge Goldstone is a self-hating Jew. Read his report and decide for yourself how skilled he is at writing fiction.

Stephen T. Meadow says:

Right on Warren Adler! The liberal with a bullet between his eyes is just as dead as the reactionary with one; maybe even deader because the liberal probably thought that being nice would do him some good.

As for the canteen, what soldier has never scrounged for something?

Henry Hollander says:

Keret’s argument is a literary rather than a logical one. Israel’s claim on the title of “Most Moral Army,” refers not to their behavior as individuals in a general sense, but to their actions as a military force in action. That is, as a whole not as individuals. Keret argues that the one equals the other. He also argues that immoral behavior in the Israeli military makes it insufficiently moral to be the “Most Moral Army.” This is a comparison made without an object of comparison.
On the battlefield the Israeli military may be a highly moral force by comparison to other national armed forces. But armed forces are nothing more than the hired or dragooned muscles of government. Refraining from raping and looting and the wholesale massacre of civilians is enough to get you into the elite ranks of morality in the history of war. The warfare of the Israelites in the Torah and the Torah’s regulation of warfare acknowledges this reality.
The argument that Keret makes successfully is that the Army is held up in Israeli society as as exemplar of Israel as a more moral state, but the truth is a disappointment. This reminds me of the story of the woman who refuses a fresh chicken after smelling under its arms and between its legs. The butcher replies to her, “who among us wouldn’t be found wanting by your standards madam?” By making the experience of military service a central unifying force in Israeli society Israel has made their military a mirror for their society as a whole. Mirrors are neither kind nor unkind. They are as honest to us as we allow our gazes to let them be. Keret calls for a good honest Jewish gaze and good honest teshuvah. Bimherah be-yamenu.

James Pollock says:

I would say that the “code of ethics in wartime” fell short as far as IDF practice was concerned in the 2006 Lebanon War: (Wikipedia)
On 12 July 2006, in an incident known as Zar’it-Shtula incident, the Hezbollah initiated diversionary rocket attacks on Israeli military positions near the coast and near the Israeli border village of Zar’it,[10] while another Hezbollah group crossed from Lebanon into Israel and ambushed two Israeli Army vehicles, killing three Israeli soldiers and seizing two.[62][63]

Hezbollah promptly demanded the release of Lebanese prisoners held by Israel, including Samir Kuntar and an alleged surviving perpetrator of the Coastal Road massacre, in exchange for the release of the captured soldiers.[64]

Heavy fire between the sides was exchanged across the length of the Blue Line, with Hezbollah targeting IDF positions near Israeli towns.[10]

Thus began the 2006 Lebanon War. Israel responded with massive airstrikes and artillery fire on targets throughout Lebanon, an air and naval blockade, and a ground invasion of southern Lebanon. In Lebanon the conflict killed over 1,500 people, mostly civilians, severely damaged infrastructure, displaced about one million people. Israel suffered 42 civilian deaths as a result of prolonged rocket attacks being launched into northern Israel causing the displacement of half a million Israelis.[65] Normal life across much of Lebanon and northern Israel was disrupted. These are besides the deaths in combat.

To a degree I have to agree with some of the comments here, that the morality of the army is usually based on its relations with the enemy. Soldiers in the IDF are known for taking great risks to avoid harming civilians.
But Mr. Keret is also right. Applauding the IDF for being the most moral in the world does not make it more effective. When lying and stealing are cultivated from basic training and throughout the system, it should not be so surprising to the media or anyone else when generals are caught lying and stealing.
Anecdote: Lebanon I: As I was preparing to go to combat, I overheard drivers talking about how they can get some good stuff – electronics, after-shave, whatever you want – and I was disgusted. A moral army does not loot. So I was very happy when the army began to crack down with heavy restrictions and penalties for bringing items out of Lebanon. But even such restraints do little to overcome the culture of immorality in the army.
It was sad to see that some of the soldiers who had boarded the flotilla had stolen computers. The fact that they were prosecuted and punished does nothing for the image of the IDF. And does nothing for the future success of the IDF if soldiers are still encouraged to lie and steal within their ranks.
Hopefully the public prosecution of a former president, a former PM, and now some army officers for acting immorally is a sign of change. And there is reason to hope that the culture of immorality in the IDF will abate. There is an increase in the percentage of religious men in the army – the number of hareidim going up pretty dramatically. The Torah observant could bring a different culture into the ranks of the IDF — and it may not be as much fun for some, but it will make the army more kosher, and b’ezrat Hashem, more powerful and worthy of the moniker “most moral army in the world.”
Now if the Israeli media could follow suit, and filter lies out of their publications …

But did he steal the canteen?

All things considered I think the IDF is amazing. No rapes. No mass killings. There was a SF soldier during the Gaza war who left a letter in the house that his unit had commandeered apologizing for the damage.
I doubt any neighbouring nations Army would do the same.
War is hell. Reading what goes on in other places – the IDF is up there with the best of them.

The IDF had a kill ratio of 1-1 during Cast Lead. Meaning for every Hamas man, one civilian was killed in a densely populated city. That is amazing. The incredible technology that the iDF uses insures that there is as little collateral damage is possible. Frankly, those who say otherwise know nothing about modern warfare and should do some reading up.
The US Army just shoots at anything that moves.

Binyamin in O says:

Here is the IDF’s idea of moral accountability: Cast Lead testimony from Sergeant “S”, who has been charged by the IDF with the least serious offense involving a killing of a civilian, says he “was only following orders.” As to why he shot the unarmed Gaza woman waving a white flag: “I recall it being said that ‘even if they have a white flag with peace written on it, you shoot,’” S. replied. “Because no one examined the woman’s body after the incident, S. was charged with a rare crime: ‘Killing an unknown person.’”
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/idf-soldier-charged-with-killing-gaza-civilian-i-was-only-following-orders-1.332334
But she was known, at least to Hashem.

Doug Greener says:

Enough! I’ve had enough of “the most moral army.” I don’t want the IDF to be any more moral than any other army in the world. Let me repeat that: ” . . any other army in the world.” I don’t want to hear another Israeli general boast to the press: “We risked our boys’ lives to save innocent enemy civilians.” They’re not his boys; they’re my boys! Let the Americans and the Russians and the Egyptians be moral. I want the IDF to be the best, the winningest, the most fierce. I don’t want Hizbollah and Hamas to say, “We just have to change into jeans and we’re home free.” I want them to say, “We mess with the Israelis and we’re dead.”

Let Etgar Keret and his boy scouts count how many lies can dance on the head of a chief-of-staff. We lost a talented general because some non-elected lawyers made the call that he was morally unfit. I prefer the response of Abraham Lincoln. In the middle of the Civil War, Lincoln finally found a general (Ulysses S. Grant) who could win battles and appointed him Commanding General of the U.S. Army. When an aide told Lincoln, “But, sir, he drinks,” Lincoln is said to have responded, “Find out what he drinks and send him a case.”

David Star says:

During my days in the US Navy some 60 years ago you got things done when they needed doing. The term was “Cumshaw”, origin unknown but probably from the pre WWII Asian fleet days.
You carried out your orders as received. If necessary, and no better way is available you use “cumshaw” i.e.
Return to port after long winter battering in the North Atlantic. Parts needed replacing supplies needed boarding and major painting had to be completed before going back to sea in 48 hours. Not enough manpower or hours.
Navy Yard civilian painters would work their lunch hours and the jobs would get done. By chance a couple of pounds of coffee just happened to appear in the spaces they cleaned their tools.
As US Navy coffee was the defintion of the word, it was an important enabler in getting the real job done.
What that sergeant wa trying to teach that new soldier was that if you must get involved with a pile of beareacratic drivel with a price tag much, greater than the objective – innovate.
Just as a ship cannot go to sea in stormy weather without everything in place, an Israeli soldier cannot function in the desert without at least one canteen. CUMSHAW is present in every successful military the world over.

Stan Revich says:

I am in full agreement with Doug Greener. It is about time that we put an end to the constant moralizing of an Intellectual elite who act as parasites upon Israeli society. Only an ethical infant would try and conflate the activities of individuals who are no better or no worse than each of us. What is important is how we act collectively and what are the moral imperatives of that collective entity, the Israeli army. Does Mr.Keret demand that every soldier be a saint, and if he is not, then Israel loses it’s legitimacy? Perhaps the paragon of virtue, Etgar Keret submit to us an affidavit declaring that his win life has been free of any blemish before he tarnishes others with such a broad brush.

Shalom Freedman says:

I also believe this article shows a misunderstanding of what is meant when the Israeli Army is generally spoken of as ‘the most moral in the world’. It has nothing to do with losing a canteen and replacing it. It has to do with not deliberately targeting civilians, and with showing restraint even when one is engaged with the enemy. It has to do with comparing the Israeli Army with other armies. Consider for instance the victorious and heroic, yet looting and raping Russian Army in the Second World War. It has to do also with Israeli soldiers having lost their lives because restraint was shown and certain targets in which terrorists hiding in civilian facilities- not attacked. It does have to certainly with the complaints made by many that at certain times self- imposed restrictions have caused Israeli soldiers’ lives. However one cares about the ‘enemy’ as human one after all should be putting the lives of one’s own people first.
One more point. I don’t think Israelis are so naive about their own moral character. Anyone involved in daily conversation in Israel knows how harsh Israeli criticism of Israelis often also. No one in Israel believes Israelis are the greatest ‘Derech Eretz’ champs in everyday life. And this by the way is a real problem for the society which has its moral basis and justification in the ideal of being a ‘light to its neighbors’ in the moral realm.

Rabbi Tony Jutner says:

Mr Keret is correct in that the IDF is the least moral army in the world. He needs to go furhter and give up his israeli citizenship, fully support the BDS movement, because his presense in ziostan allows the Libermanns to claim that ziostan is a democracy, when in fact, it is worse than Myanmar

Danya Cohen says:

Etgar Keret has overlooked the most obvious transgression of the IDF-the contuing military occupation of the civilian Palestinian population. I agree with every word he writes, but he stops short of the real issue. Commanders are occassionally forced to resign when the the public becomes aware of CIVILIAN crimes-lying about car accidents, taking over 28 dunums of public land, but when their military actions results in the injury or deaths of innocent Palestinians, there are virtually no consequences. This is a systemic, moral problem the IDF has with its own mission-which has become not the defence of Israel, but the confiscation and defense of as much of the West Bank as possibly, even when it jeaoprdizes the long-term health and interests of Israel.

Can you please deliver me a mail. I genuinely like your style.

There’s really a lot wrong with this article. One example, to show you how misleading Keret is being here- he makes a point of “trustworthiness” being only third on the list of IDF values in the “Spirit of the IDF”. What Keret either does not realize or is intentionally omitting is that the “Spirit of the IDF” is in alphabetical order (after “Sticking to the Mission and Striving for Victory)! It puts Victory first, then, in alphabetical order, lists “Responsibility (Ahraut)”, “Honesty (Aminut)”, “Personal Example (Dugma Ishit)”, “Human Life “Hayei Adam”, etc. The order, after Victory, in no way reflects the any sort of priority given to certain values.
It is quite strange that Keret made this mistake. Then again, the whole article strengthens the idea of the IDF holding itself to extremely high moral standards, the exact opposite of what he intends to argue.

This is the kind of articles published by the enemies of Israel, I don’t sense any honestly pro Jewish site would want to publish anything contributing to the media war against Israel.
But considering the Jewish far left’s perspective attacking Israel, diminishing Israel’s morality and calling into question Israel’s values is pro Israel, this site joins the we help our friends by destroying them camp.

Charles says:

This always confuses me. When I was a soldier, there was rampant petty theft, insubordination, lies to cover one’s ass, looting, even drug dealing related to the occupation of Lebanon.
My fellow soldiers always included racists who spoke like they were members of a Jewish KKK. Not all, or most, but always.
Everyone knew that that ‘company D’ of the drivers, cooks, mechanics etc. would gleefully abuse prisoners, without ever participating in the arrests or the fighting. Everyone knew about attractive girls sleeping with officers who had authority over them.
The only folks who seem to not know these truths are Americans who just watch the IDF from afar and kvell, like a trufan Belieber.
I was there when soldiers buried Palestinian prisoners alive in pit, when they broke arms and legs with a rock, long after battle was over, when it came out that we slaughtered Egyptian prisoners in the desert, when friends would tell stories of screams from the interrogation tent while everyone joked nearby and ate desert.
I’ll never forget as a fifteen year old when my girlfriend’s father told me that Israel has secret prisons where the Red Cross never visits. (This facility was since named in the press.) He bragged about beating prisoners from Lebanon during transport to prison facilities.

Binyamin in O says:

Given the testimony of “Charles” above (which rings true), I would ask: If Israel has an immoral policy, how can it have a moral army?

The most moral army in the world. you’re having a laugh. What army promotes an officer who shoots 17 bullets into a young child, or uses white phosphorous on hospitals and cities? The commentary on this article would be astonishing except we now expect such moral bankruptcy and narcissism from defenders of Israel. Keep pretending you do not know what is happening in Israel and the territories and that all criticism is anti semetic. You are fooling no one. isn’t there a prohibition against stealing in Judaism, or can the most moral army in the world ignore that too?

Charles–What’s your point? I was also in the IDF. I fought in 2 wars. I don’t live in the USA. I wouldn’t say that all my fellow soldiers were angels. They were a cross section of the society. There’s a difference between the behavior of individual soldiers and the policy of the army.
As for killing Egyptian prisoners–where exactly was that proven? I haven’t seen any proof. Where exactly were Palestinian prisoners buried alive? Who exactly were your friends telling stories? It sounds to me like you are recycling stories that you heard somewhere.

Benjamin says:

Charles, having been an Israeli soldier, I can clearly say you are a liar recycling all sort of stories (the only one half true is about officers sleeping with good looking girls, what a shocker !). Please state when and where yous served, who was your commander, which unit, which base you were ?
It will be funny.

Binyamin in O says:

Another relevant quote from an insider: Quotes from “Captain Loai” (pseudonym), Shin Bet Officer 1993- 2006, Ha’aretz 5/14/10:

“The experiences I underwent over the years, particularly after the outbreak of the second intifada, made me become more right wing and even something of a racist. Maybe it was out of a desire to cope with many harsh things that we saw and did. Even before Operation Defensive Shield [April 2002, in the West Bank] we started to lose the ‘inner boundary’ between the prohibited and the permissible.”

“Just as every pilot wants to chalk up an ‘X’ for downing a plane, many of us wanted to carry out targeted assassinations.”

“There were a few terrorist attacks in which many children were killed, after which I personally felt like going into Ramallah with an M-16 and spraying the place with bullets. The political echelon also went haywire.”

http://www.haaretz.com/magazine/friday-supplement/shin-bet-agent-discusses-his-special-relationship-with-a-hamas-spy-1.290215

Rabbi Tony Jutner says:

Charles and Binyamin, I hope you will travfel to the Hague to testify against the zionists. My friends at Human Rights Watch will give you immunity to prosecution so we can indict the zionists

Binyamin in O-
What exactly is your point? You dug up a quotation by a shin bet officer (not IDF) who has comflicted emotions? Yippee. The IDF and security services draw from a broad swath of society, so of course they include individuals on the far left as much as on the far right. Moreover, this individual is just talking about his thoughts, not that he actually did anything. All your post shows is that Israelis reflect on their experiences and are willing to share their criticisms, whether or not they are valid.

And Charles, you were not an IDF soldier, so you can quit the lying.

Charles says:

I have a post ‘awaiting moderation’ from two days ago with links to all the incidents I mentioned. Folks saying I’m was never a soldier are resorting to ad hominem attacks instead of dealing with the truth.
Palestinians were buried alive by troops on Feb. 5th, 1988 at Kfar Salem.
The soldiers who were filmed (by Israeli journalist Moshe Alpert) were Saguy Harpaz, Aryeh Mualem, Yehuda Angel and Ronen Sasson. They committed their crime in late Feb. 1988.
The bragging about executing Egyptian POW’s in the Sinai was done by General Arye Biro in 1995. It’s important to note that he wasn’t apologizing.
The Israeli secret prison is called Facility 1391 and was made public in 2003 after a High Court case in Israel.

Feel free to apologize for falsely accusing someone you don’t know of lying anytime…. After all, a public accusation that like is pretty frowned upon, Jewishly speaking, esp. in the absence of any evidence. Lashon hara….

Binyamin in O says:

I, too have been “awaiting moderation” on a post that has additional links to first hand accounts of systemic IDF war crimes. Tablet moderator, what are you afraid of?

Charles says:

Binyamin, the system is likely automated and simply rejects posts with links is all.

Binyamin in O says:

To Max: Here is a quote from and a link to a first-hand account of the slaughter of Egyptian soldiers during Israel’s 1956 invasion of Egypt. “What [Benny] Broida remembers of the trek from Kuntilla to the Mitla Pass is few battles and a great many Egyptian soldiers killed – killed in battle or after the battle. ‘A lot of [Egyptian] soldiers were always showing up along the side of the road with their hands up and shouting “Water! Water!”’ Broida told Corinna. ‘Whoever showed up got a bullet. The guys didn’t leave a single one alive. Until the next camp we reached, until Nakhl, we didn’t take one prisoner alive.’ http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/823782.html
From “Ba’aretz Lo Yadati” (“Unknown Territory,” in English), By Corinna Hasofferett.

Binyamin in O says:

Ha’aretz: “More than 650 complaints of abuse and torture of examinees by Shin Bet investigators have been turned over to the government’s legal advisers since 2001. According to the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, in every one of these cases the Shin Bet’s internal examiner decided not to open a criminal investigation.”
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-s-justice-ministry-to-probe-claims-of-shin-bet-torture-and-abuse-1.325282

Binyamin in O says:

There is a culture of impunity within the IDF. Their is no real punishment for killing Arab civilians. The purpose of the IDF is to crush the Palestinian will to rest. You do that by, among other things, killing civilians. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israeli-rights-group-probe-idf-soldiers-over-deaths-of-palestinian-civilians-1.313828

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