Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Revenge volley case ends with reprimand

Haaretz reports here that an Armored Corps lieutenant colonel in the IDF will be reprimanded rather than court-martialed for ordering a "revenge volley" in 2014. The Times of Israel reports:
Brig. Gen. Sharon Afek decided that Lt. Col. Neria Yeshurun, who was a tank battalion commander during the 2014 war when the incident occurred, would be reprimanded by Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Yair Golan but would not tried in court as there was no evidence that the shelling did not have an operational justification.
Army investigators last June reviewed allegations that Yeshurun ordered the heavy strike on the complex as a way to “honor” his slain subordinate, Capt. Dimitri Levitas, who was shot the previous day by a Palestinian sniper hiding atop a medical clinic in the northern Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya. 
In a recording of an internal IDF communication obtained by the Israeli website NRG, Yeshurun could be heard instructing his soldiers to salute Levitas’s memory in lieu of attending his funeral, which took place that day. Due to ongoing operations, the soldiers of Levitas’s unit could not be released to attend it.
Israel's 1955 Military Justice Law gives disposition authority to the Military Advocate General. 

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