Monday, December 5, 2016

Continued aftershocks from the Buchris case in Israel

Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot
The controversy surrounding the case against Brig. Gen. (Res) Ofek Buchris continues to make shock waves. According to this account in The Times of Israel, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, the Chief of Staff, has issued a letter announcing a zero-tolerance policy:
“I plan to continue to show zero tolerance towards any incident of sexual harassment or assault in the IDF,” Eisenkot wrote in a letter sent to commanders. 
“We will not shut our eyes, give up or hesitate to take decisive actions, even in cases where high-ranking officers are involved, regardless of their rank, their actions or their successes — these things are not relevant in such cases.”
"Different spanks for different ranks"? The article continues:
The perceived light sentence for Buchris’s crimes has prompted a social media protest. Current and former IDF soldiers have taken to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag “#More than Buchris,” sharing stories of minor offenses — a misspelled word, an unclean floor, a yawn during a formal ceremony — that earned them harsher punishments than the one received by the brigadier general.

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