(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Criticism of Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon was airbound Wednesday after he posted a picture of himself posing in front of a store at the Munich Airport on his official Facebook page.
Ya'alon took the picture in front of the Boggi Milano Italian menswear store, because his nickname is Bogie. The defense minister received the nickname decades ago, because of his apparent resemblance to actor Humphrey Bogart.
Followers of Ya'alon on Facebook posted that the photo was unbecoming of a defense minister, and that during a wave of violence, he should be busy doing his job.
"Why do you post such nonsense," wrote Aviv Reuven. "You aren't a 17-year-old girl who is still growing up. You are an elected official!"
Nimrod Gefen wrote that it bothered him that Ya'alon had time to take the picture but not to attend last week's ceremony in honor of the 73 victims of the 1997 helicopter crash, which for the first time was not attended by any cabinet minister.
Amir Gotliv added that as a resident of the Gaza periphery, he would prefer if Ya'alon used taxpayer funds to take care of the tunnels under his home.
"You should be ashamed of himself," Moshe Levy wrote. "People are getting stabbed here. We don't have security, and this is what you're doing? Resign already!"
Shmuel Korayev wrote that "instead of dealing with the rampant terror, this idiot is taking pictures with a background of a sign with his name, as if we are Switzerland."
But Ya'alon also was defended by his supporters. For instance, Ofir Megidish wrote that "all he did was post something amusing and people come with swords to crucify him." Megidish wrote that people should relax and smile.
Alex Gutman wrote that Ya'alon's critics had not done event a thousandth of what he has for the security of the state.
"People in this country should be more complimentary," wrote Mark Yanilshtein. "The man was chief of staff of the IDF. He was in the elite Reconaissance unit. He defends us 24/7. He devoted his entire life to the state, and you choose to attack a man for joking? Where does such evil-heartedness come from?"
Justin Hayet wrote that Ya'alon posting the picture was "the most Israeli thing ever."
Ya'alon's office responded to the argument by saying that "it is healthy to have humor and to know how to laugh."