Thursday, December 24, 2009

J.Post December 24: Disciplining the IDF

IDF Israel Navy Sea Corps Discipline

Sir, - While I feel unfit to join in the criticism of Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi's handling of the Schalit affair ('Arad apologizes to Ashkenazi for slight,' December 23), I nevertheless feel that it is important to raise some issues of negligence in our army, which is the responsibility of both Ashkenazi and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

We have been informed recently of several instances of sloppiness in the vetting of army personnel who proved unworthy of their place in the chief of General Staff's office, based on reasons of security or immoral behavior. Much more immediate, however, was the utterly tragic death of an 18-year-old soldier who was killed by a bullet shot through a wall during a training exercise in a building that the army had deemed fit.

Needless to say, it is of vital importance to put the entire house in order.

Petah Tikva