(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
An IDF combat soldier was recently arrested and indicted on charges of aiding the enemy during the Second Lebanon War, after military police discovered a cache of stolen weaponry in his home, which he allegedly stole on and off the battlefield during the war. The soldier, a decorated and respected combatant, could face up to ten years in prison.
The indictment details the soldier's alleged actions. He is, among other things, charged with dismantling bombs planted on the battlefield by IDF forces, stealing explosive devices from a unit while inside a Lebanese village and collecting explosive materials from an ammunitions crate, also inside Lebanon.
When military investigators raided the soldier's home, they found an entire store of weaponry which included explosive devices, machine gun bullets, two and half kilograms of TNT, smoke grenades and additional military equipment valued at NIS 30,000, including a radio and a sniper rifle.
As for the use to which he put the stolen equipment, the soldier allegedly made private use of some of it, detonating one smoke grenade at a party and another in his yard, in front of children.
The soldier's attorney told Israel Radio that he collected the weaponry for compulsive reasons and did not attempt to sell them.
According to military law, a soldier who knowingly commits an act that could aid the enemy or endangers military action against the enemy could face up to ten years in prison.