After 8,000 “Likes”, 5,500 shares and over 1,000 comments, a photo of two soldiers holding hands and posted by the IDF is stirring controversy and raising the question of whether it tells the real story of the way homosexuals are treated in the military.

The picture shows two male soldiers - one from the Givati Infantry Brigade and the other from the Artillery Corps – walking down a street in Tel Aviv holding hands. It was posted on the IDF’s official Facebook page on Monday, three days after the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv.

“It's Pride Month. Did you know that the IDF treats all of its soldiers equally? Let's see how many shares you can get for this photo,” the IDF wrote in the caption.

While the soldiers were not identified, sources in the IDF Spokesman’s Office said that they were a couple. It was not the first time homosexual soldiers were photographed and soldiers have been spotted participating in Gay Pride Parades while in uniform.

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