A group of female Israeli soldiers has been “disciplined” after it came to their commanding officers’ attention that they’d used their very first tour of duty to take some military-themed cheesecake photos, which they naturally posted to Facebook.
The photos, which are gaining major traction online because people are pervs (and because a lot of people hate the Israeli army), show the young women wearing only their underwear as they do their best Spring Breakers poses with guns, helmets, and other accoutrements of killing:
Despite the fact that the Israeli army regularly engages in activities far worse than tacky selfies, the higher ups were not happy about this, saying in a statement that “the commanding officers disciplined the soldiers as they saw fitting.” Ominous.
The stern response from higher-ups was probably informed by past internet-based scandals; in 2010, the Israeli army banned social media after pictures of scantily clad soldiers dancing around blindfolded Palestinian prisoners got out. This year, another soldier was disciplined for posing naked with a gun and tweeting anti-Palestinian slogans, which is ironic, considering Israel’s whole entire violently enforced existence and subsequent expansion is a huge, ongoing middle finger to Palestinians. But rubbing it in is where they draw the line!
It seems the real problem is not the Facebook photos, but the attitude they represent: a naive vision of being in the army in which killing people is just like a videogame, and guns are nothing but eroticized toys. But aren’t these attitudes hugely beneficial to both Israel’s universal conscription and the economic draft going on in the United States? If the majority of teenagers really understood what it means to be in the army, and if they understood their enemies as human beings, would governments—Israeli, Palestinian, American—be able to keep up their endless flow of young bodies into war zones? If you ask me, these women’s real crime was not having a flippant attitude, but showing it off to the world.
(Via The New York Post)