Israeli Paratroopers Fall Asleep During Ambush

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idfIsraeli soldiers from the Paratroopers Brigade 101st Battalion fell asleep while lying in ambush along the border with Lebanon, Ynet reported.

During the incident, which occurred a few days ago, a company commander and his soldiers were caught sleeping when they were supposed to be keeping watch over a sensitive area along the border to prevent smuggling and possible attempts to infiltrate Israel.
The force failed to respond to radio calls from the company’s “war room” at the base, and a subsequent investigation found that the soldiers had fallen asleep. The battalion commander sentenced the company commander to 14 days in a military prison, while the soldiers have been confined to their base for 21 days.

In another incident, a paratrooper belonging to a different company accidentally fired his rifle during operational activity along the northern border. No injuries were reported.

The soldier did not fire towards Lebanon, but was nonetheless sentenced to 20 days detention. The battalion commander also ordered that he no longer serve in a combat unit for the remainder of his army service.
Lieutenant-Colonel Alon Madens also sentenced four combatants stationed near the Lebanese border to 20 days in military prison for refusing to carry out various orders.

Several months before the end of their service, combat soldiers start to enjoy various benefits as “veterans” and are exempt of administrative duties, such as cleaning, in favor of more complex assignments.

The four combatants decided to rebel after they were not declared veterans and announced they will stop performing tasks reserved to “rookies.”

It is not clear whether they will regain their combat status.

{Ynet/Matzav.com Newscenter}

12 COMMENTS

  1. Serious business…these guys are protecting the lives of our Yiddishe brothers and sisters, they can’t slack off! Shomer pesaim Hashem I guess…

  2. A) this seems ike particularly sensitive information that ought not be publicized lest it reach unworthy hands and B) why is this being shared with us? It has no relevance to us – it’s seems like somewhat army news info!

  3. A) this seems ike particularly sensitive information that ought not be publicized lest it reach unworthy hands and B) why is this being shared with us? It has no relevance to us – it’s seems like somewhat army news info!

    Noch a suppressor of free speech.

    The battalion commander sentenced the company commander to 14 days in a military prison, while the soldiers have been confined to their base for 21 days.

    A very fair sentence.

    During my mmilitary service in the IDF I spent more cold, wet nights flat out on muddy ground than I can count. One has to remain silent and stock still, eyes straining to catch a glimpse of an intruder – and that was long before night vision goggles were invented. The temptation to fall asleep can be overpowering.

  4. re; the gentleman who served on ambush and mentioned the
    feeling as “overpowering”- he is correct- that is why you have
    buddy system , of your buddy elbowing you when not on 100% alert-
    i was in two armies in combat vietnam and israel, on hundreds of ambushes and never , ever fell asleep on ambush unless were on
    50% alert where the buddy system is used – no excuses- and the punishments were only a fraction of what they should have received – it is a hillul hashem, as well as a violation
    of numerous other halachic positive and negative commandments.

  5. If they would let them shoot once in a while, then it wouldn’t be such a boring job
    I agree with Drycast who agrees with a Caring Yid

  6. It happens even to the best. Israeli soldiers are deprived of sleep on a regular basis. That’s part of being a soldier. Given that most of our soldiers come from families that are not frum, there are few who daven and say tehilim for them. That’s why, we should say tehilim for our soldiers. Kapitel 91 is a very suitable perek tehilim.

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