Report: IDF Officer Dismissed Due to Unauthorized Entry Into Gaza

By Yoni Weiss

Israeli soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip, Monday. (Israel Defense Forces/Handout via REUTERS)

Yisrael Hayom reported that a high-ranking IDF officer, a lieutenant colonel whose identity remains undisclosed, was relieved of command after he entered the Gaza Strip without authorization from superiors. The officer, previously serving at the IDF Ground Training National Center, ventured into Gaza alongside a Givati Brigade reconnaissance unit during the war.

Despite explicit commands from commanders to return to the training center, the officer remained in Gaza, actively engaging in ground operations against Hamas forces. His insistence on staying in the combat zone for approximately two weeks led to a disciplinary summons. Following a disciplinary hearing, the decision was made to dismiss him from his position for neglecting his duty to prepare forces for Gaza operations.

While the IDF reports exceptional motivation among forces for active participation, with high turnout in reserve units, the officer’s refusal to comply with orders resulted in his dismissal. The IDF highlighted the officer’s breach of protocol and abandonment of his preparatory role during a crucial phase of training for combat in Gaza.

Responding to Yisrael Hayom’s inquiries, the IDF expressed concern over the officer’s actions, emphasizing the importance of adherence to orders and maintaining operational readiness during critical military efforts.

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