Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Saturday accused the group of conscientious objectors from an elite IDF intelligence unit of “contributing to the de-legitimization of Israel and the lies against it” by publicly protesting its activities in the Palestinian territories.
“I’ve become familiar with Unit 8200 and its work over the past few decades, most certainly since I was named head of Military Intelligence [in 1995],” Ya’alon said in a statement. “I got to see first-hand the scope of the contributions that the unit’s people made to the security of Israel’s citizens.”
“The officers and soldiers of the unit do important work, day and night, and they do this with exceptional creativity and a dedication that is simply remarkable,” the defense minister said. “Unit 8200 perpetuates the existence of the State of Israel.”
“Attempts to harm it and its work, by means of calling on others to refuse orders because of claims that are inconsistent with the unit’s core mission and the values of its people, is a foolish and contemptible attempt that helps the de-legitimization efforts against Israel and the lies spread around the world about the IDF and its soldiers, through no fault of their own.”