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    the soldiers are as much victims as perpetrators in this mess.  Imagine doing that Job?  By the coor of the uniform, these guys look like Border Police, not regular IDF.  Often non-hebrew speaking recent Russian immigrants.   'Regular" Israelis wont do that job.

    •  Doesn't excuse their thieving and thuggery. (8+ / 0-)

      If they are in Israeli uniform, they are Regular Israelis.  What they are carrying out is the will of their government, and the government is accountable for their actions.

      You may think that. I couldn't possibly comment.-- Francis Urqhart

      by Johnny Q on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 11:54:42 AM PDT

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    •  The truth is that most soldiers these days who (5+ / 0-)

      really want to avoid duty in the Occupied Territories can manage it.

      The IDF doesn't like a ton of stories about jailing people for refusing duty there.

      Even back in the late 80's, a friend of mine simply refused to go, and made it clear he was willing to get shot over it.

      They stationed him in some horrible little outpost on the Egyptian border and denied him leave for the last six months of his active duty, but they didn't force him to go.   They wrote up his file as basically having been AWOL, left all political content out of it (that is, the public record).

      Didn't send him to Lebanon or anything, either.

      "But the traitors will pretend / that it's gettin' near the end / when it's beginning" P. Ochs

      by JesseCW on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 03:01:21 PM PDT

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