Ari and Mohammed are now friends

By DeusExMacintosh

The Israeli military cancelled a planned raid on a Palestinian village after one of its soldiers posted details of the operation on Facebook.

The unnamed soldier revealed the time and place of the raid and the name of his unit on the social networking site. He said on his status update that his unit planned a “clean up” raid.

The soldier was court-martialled and sentenced to 10 days in prison. He was also ousted from his battalion and relieved of combat duties.

“On Wednesday we clean up Qatanah, and on Thursday, God willing, we come home,” the soldier wrote on his Facebook page. Qatanah is a village in the West Bank near Ramallah.

His Facebook friends and fellow soldiers reported the post to the authorities.

The decision to cancel the raid was made by commanders after it was feared the leak would put the unit in danger. The operation went ahead several days later.

BBC News

12 Comments

  1. Posted March 7, 2010 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    I think he might be a “Prime Minister” rather than a “Mr President”.

  2. Posted March 7, 2010 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    So was the soldier feeling guilty or was he just a dickhead?

  3. Posted March 7, 2010 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Whatever he felt… FAIL. Very funny FAIL.

  4. HeathG
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    @SL; Would not have been a funny fail if the this information had found its way in to the hands of their target and resulted in casualties to his unit. Assuming it was accidental, and presumably because it wasn’t too specific in the details – ten days seems fair.

  5. DeusExMacintosh
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Hey, it was only last year that Britain’s most senior anti-terror police officer almost bungled a series of raids by being photographed carrying the proposal document while getting out of a cab at Downing Street. Failing to consider the possible consequences of your actions seems absurdly common.

    And yes Lorenzo, you’re entirely right. My bad.

  6. Posted March 8, 2010 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    For some reason the blog has locked me out and I can’t post, only comment. I had a piece ready to put up but it will have to wait until normal service is resumed.

  7. Sinclair Davidson
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Bibi is the PM not the President.

    SL – locked me out too – I had to get a new password.

  8. Posted March 8, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    It could be a new refusenik tactic… rather than land in gaol for a year (I think), join up then stuff up so bad you get a dishonorable discharge.

  9. Posted March 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Nag, nag, nag… okay, funnie is now corrected. Am not having a good week – that’s two in a row.

  10. Patrick
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Um, DB, wouldn’t it be easier to just do ambulance corps service for a year?

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