Eden Abergil : “IDF – the best time of my life”



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“War is not a polite recreation but the vilest thing in life, and we ought to understand that and not play at war. Our attitude towards the fearful necessity of war ought to be stern and serious. It boils down to this: we should have done with humbug, and let war be war and not a game. Otherwise, war is a favorite pastime of the idle and frivolous … there is no profession held in higher esteem than the military. And what is war? What makes for success in warfare? What are the morals of the military world? The aim and end of war is … murder; the weapons employed in war are espionage, treachery and the encouragement of treachery, the ruining of a country, the plundering and robbing of its inhabitants for the maintenance of the army, and trickery and lying, which all appear under the heading of the art of war. The military world is characterized by the absence of freedom—in other words, a rigorous discipline—enforced inactivity, ignorance, cruelty, debauchery, and drunkenness. And yet this is the highest caste in society, respected by all.

Every monarch in the world, except the Emperor of China, wears a military uniform, and bestows the greatest rewards on the man who kills the greatest number of his fellow creatures. Tens of thousands of men meet—as they will tomorrow—to massacre one another: to kill and maim, and then they will offer up thanksgiving services for having slain such vast numbers (they even exaggerate the number) and proclaim a victory, supposing that the more men they have slaughtered the more credit to them. Think of God looking down and listening to them!” cried Prince Andrei in a shrill, piercing voice.

~ Leo Tolstoy, War And Peace

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2 Responses to Eden Abergil : “IDF – the best time of my life”

  1. Tel Aviv says:

    She did nothing wrong here,why should people attack her,anyway these guys are killers,why sympathize with them?

  2. @ndy says:

    A number of people have argued that her publication of these photos is inappropriate, and that it reflects badly on the IDF. The IDF described Abergil’s behavior as “shameful”, and another spokesperson called the photographs “a serious violation of our morals and ethical code”.


    There’s a huge number of articles elsewhere which explore these issues, and many other, related matters.

    The man in this particular photo has not been identified, but there’s no evidence to suggest that he’s a murderer, or guilty of any crime — he simply happens to have been taken prisoner, had his wrists bound, been blindfolded, and then photographed.

    Regarding ‘killers’, according to B’Tselem, since the end of ‘Operation Cast Lead’ / the Israeli war on Gaza, 98 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces in the Occupied Territories, while 4 Israeli security force personnel have been killed by Palestinians in the same area (West Bank and Gaza). During Operation Cast Lead (December 27, 2008–January 18, 2009), 1390 Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces in Gaza, while 5 Israeli security force personnel were killed by Palestinians. More recently, Israeli soldiers killed nine activists on board the Mavi Marmara.

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