IDF imposter arrested in Jerusalem

Woman bought fake M-16 and badges, assisted soldiers during Lebanon war.

female soldiers aj 248 88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
female soldiers aj 248 88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
A 24-year-old woman from Jerusalem was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of impersonating an IDF captain. According to the allegations, the woman used to sleep at IDF hostels across the country and even joined an artillery company during the Second Lebanon War after representing herself as a Givati deputy company commander. The investigation began when a soldier from northern Israel filed a police report saying the woman had stolen his notebook. In his report, the soldier said he suspected that she was an imposter. During a search of the suspect's apartment, police found IDF uniforms, two fake M-16s, a map of firing ranges and bomb fuses. The 24-year-old admitted to buying her uniform and badges at a store, and paying NIS 4,000 for one of the fake rifles. While the woman did not appear to be suffering from a mental disorder, she had reportedly been discharged from the IDF for being "unsuitable" for army service. She explained to police that she wore an IDF uniform and traveled to bases because it "made her feel good." She was released on parole and forbidden from going near IDF bases and hostels.