IDF Seeks: Soldiers With Intellect and Thought-Powers, or Automatons?

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A Soldier’s Freedom of Expression

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Sergeant Hananel Dayan’s refusal to shake hands with the chief of staff at the traditional ceremony for outstanding soldiers at the President’s Residence might have remained an anecdote on the margins of the Independence Day events. The soldier came up onto the stage, saluted Lieutenant General Dan Halutz as required by military orders and therein fulfilled his duty. He neither said anything explicit nor explained his action, which could perhaps have constituted illicit public expression on a political or military matter, contrary to General Staff regulations.  [...]  Click here to read more.

Sgt. Hananel Dayan Stripped of Award and Discharged from IDF: Apparently, Not Shaking Commander’s Hand = Disloyalty, Disobediance …

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Soldier Who Snubbed Halutz Stripped of Award and Discharged

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Staff Sergeant Hananel (Meged) Dayan received the award during an Independence Day ceremony on Wednesday and was tried Thursday. He first appeared before his IDF Regiment Commander, who said he understood Dayan’s actions but that according to military regulations he must stand trial before the Brigade Commander.

The Brigade Commander ruled that Dayan be stripped of the award for outstanding service, including the revoking of a $1,500 cash prize. He also ruled that Dayan, who is a tank driver, is no longer eligible to be either a commander or a combat soldier. [...]  Click here to read more.

Guess What: Barak, Not Shimshon Battalion, Politicized IDF!

Commentary:

Many of you may wonder why this blog has been silent for awhile, aside from the weekly Parsha HaShevua.

Frankly, it’s been a case of basically the same recurrent news, day after day. How many times and in how many different ways can one comment on the same news, again and again with only the names and the specific events changing, but essentially remaining the same? This author has been commenting on recurring news for the 4 plus years that this blog has been in existence plus years before. [...]  Click here to read more.

Maj.-Gen. Udi Adam Resigns: Will He Be Example for Evil Troika to Do Likewise?

OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Udi Adam Resigns

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Over a month after the war with Hizbullah ended, OC Northern Command, Maj.-Gen. Udi Adam handed in his letter of resignation to IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz on Wednesday. Halutz accepted the letter and agreed that Adam would complete his term as head of the army in the North in the near future and as quickly as possible.

Sources close to Adam said the general made the decision to resign about a month ago, but delayed stepping down from his post until after “the last IDF soldier returned from Lebanon,” Maariv reported Wednesday. The sources said Adam wanted to set a personal example by refusing to take part in power struggles going on in the defense establishment.  [...]  Click here to read more.