Soldiers and Facebook
Sir, – Regarding “What Eden Abergil did wrong” (Editorial,
August 19), the damage these Facebook people do – not necessarily to the
prisoners in the photographs, but to Israel – is enormous.
places all over the world, photography is forbidden.
Surely the time has
come to ban any photographs being taken on army bases, if it isn’t already, and
to punish soldiers who send out these stupid photographs and feed the hatred of
Cameras, and phones with cameras, should be banned on all
army facilities. Soldiers who smuggle them in and then send out pictures
to see should be punished.
If they can’t see the seriousness of the
damage they do to the good name of Israel, they should be discharged.
people are aiding the enemy in a time of war.CECILIA HENRY
Sir, – I congratulate the Post
on providing a podium for the odious views of Roi
Maor and his like in “A picture is worth a thousand lives” (Comment,
This is democracy and free speech at its best, the very values that
disappear if the forces represented by the prisoners Maor is so
were to have their way.
There is an argument that states that the very
few documented abuses by Israel’s security services pale when compared
vast, continuing and ferocious crimes of our enemies. But this
nothing to Maor.
Being blindfolded and supervised by an unarmed female
soldier seems to me a minor denial of rights – a denial more than
the need to safeguard society against atrocious crimes. Posting the
bad taste and a disciplinary infraction, but it wasn’t a crime against
Sir, – The “abusive” pictures show
suspected terrorists waiting for interrogation and a not-so intelligent
soldier sitting next to them. It is a huge leap for Roi Maor to go from
his implication that the affair is as terrible as the torture and abuse
prisoners at Abu Ghraib in Iraq by American and British soldiers.
Maor, a number of Western media outlets have adopted the usual knee-jerk
condemnation of Israel. Like him, they also tried to compare our
theirs, if not actually making them out to be worse.
For the record, the
girl did not lay a finger on any of the detainees. As far is known, she
even speak to them. All she did, for her sins, was have a bunch of
taken so that she could show her friends on Facebook that she had
face-to-face, with suspected terrorists.
She was, after all, smiling to
put a brave face on what was undoubtedly an unpleasant experience.
this perspective, the pictures look different. They show an Israeli
who was serving her country in a harsh environment, with men who were
of carrying out terror attacks against our civilians or belonging to a
In that light, Maor should now judge the
Sir, – In “A picture is worth a thousand
lives,” you show a photo from the Facebook profile of an IDF girl
“blowing a kiss” to a bound and blindfolded detainee.
The soldier is
quoted as saying that it was “just a joke.”
Well, somebody should explain
to this stupid and insensitive girl that a joke is when two people
army may have denounced her behavior, but judging by the recent and
behavior of the current IDF top brass, the army’s comments do not
Rehovot Tarnished brass
Sir, – It’s difficult to
fathom the continued prominence given by the Israeli media as to whether
proposed plan of action, allegedly prepared by a public relations firm
potential candidate for IDF chief of General Staff, is genuine or a
(“Ashkenazi: I’ll have something to say after Galant investigation is
The inference is that an aspirant for one of the highest and
most sensitive positions in Israeli society should sit passively in
that the powers-that- be recognize his superior qualities and select him.
case, the concept that “the office seeks the man, and not the opposite”
to be the height of naivety or even hypocrisy. The military has the most
defined hierarchy. Its officers are urged to strive for promotion and,
over, are eased out of the system.
They are trained to take the
initiative to make things happen and not just wait and then react.
were the subject document found to be authentic and its recommendations
considered unprofessional or unsportsmanlike, it would only reflect
on the firm that prepared it. Officers, like all managers, are
elicit various and even contradictory opinions from their advisors, to
consider them and then decide on the tactic to be taken. It is possible
Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant had other advisors as well, and there is no
that he implemented any of the plan’s unsavory suggestions.
presently believed, the paper was a forgery (“Police deem Galant
Document a fake
– report,” August 17), it would indicate a serious lack of moral
standing on the
part of those who released it. Should this morality be isolated to other
contenders for the position, or to their supporters, it would
denote a severe lack of judgment bordering on stupidity.
careers have been extensively reviewed and documented. It would thus be
that the existence of such seriously negative traits should have long
The crucial concern is, how did they reach their present
positions? TUVIA MUSKIN
Sir, – Regarding “Outwardly worried” (Letters,
August 18), where the writer wonders if anyone is guarding our borders, I
answer that unhesitatingly: Our wonderful, brave, much-maligned soldiers
doing their job 24/7 with love and dedication, regardless of the
bickerings of those above them.NOMI KALISCH
Givat Ze’ev Enlightenment
Sir, – I would like to enlighten Emanuel Fischer (“Enlightenment
sought,” Letters, August 18) on why the State of Israel – the homeland
Jewish people – should not banish the non-citizens who wish to remain
The Torah over and over again admonishes and instructs us, the
Jewish nation, to treat the stranger kindly – not to hate, taunt or
– and even to love him, for we were once strangers in a foreign
Compassion. Proper behavior.
Morals and ethics. It is the
height of humanity to treat our present-day aliens with decency and
not banish them from the land. This is how we, the people of the book,
the ways of God and are a light unto the nations.STUART PILICHOWSKI
Mevaseret Zion Change US stance
Sir, – The support of Israel has unfortunately
created major world problems for the US. Presidents have always tried to
intervene in good faith, but Israel’s priority seems to be to build
first, then discuss peace. The Palestinians presently have no unity and
authoritative leader who can make any agreements.
The Israeli leadership
has been content with the status quo in lieu of finding a solution. You
keep controlling the Palestinians forever. It’s my opinion that only
create peace. Sacrifice and compromise are required, which many are
unwilling to do.RALPH ROSENFELD
Sun City West, Arizona