A Golani Brigade commander was suspended until further notice after being accused of badly beating a recruit who accidentally struck him during a self-defense session.
The commander reportedly vowed to avenge the accident, and took the recruit into a room, where he proceeded to hit him repeatedly, causing multiple injuries.
The commander also asked a second recruit to beat up the first recruit in the days following the initial attack. The second recruit refused, despite being threatened by the commander with a complaint.
After returning home on weekend leave, the first recruit's parents were shocked by the extent of their son's injuries and took him to a doctor.
"The incident was exposed on Friday, and after an initial examination of the circumstances of the incident, the commander was suspended immediately," the IDF Spokesman's Office said in a statement sent to The Jerusalem Post.
"The Military Police will launch an investigation today into this incident," the statement added.
"The IDF Spokesman stresses that this is an unusual and severe incident, which does not fit in anyway with the accepted norms and values of the IDF and the Golani Brigade. No efforts will be spared to prevent similar incident reoccurring in the future," the statement said.