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IDF Reservists Call Comrade From Breaking the Silence ‘a Liar’

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The Israeli reservists speaking out against the claims of their fellow combat soldier, Avner Gvaryahu, a leader of Breaking the Silence. Photo: Screenshot.

The Israeli reservists speaking out against the claims of their fellow combat soldier, Avner Gvaryahu, a leader of Breaking the Silence. Photo: Screenshot.

A group of Israel Defense Forces reservists who served in the army with Avner Gvaryahu, a leading member of whistle-blowing group Breaking the Silence, released a video in which they “tell the truth” about what really went on in their unit, the Israeli news website 0404 reported on Wednesday, and posted the clip on its Facebook page.

“I was there every night during the period he [Gvaryahu] talks about,” says one former member of Gvaryahu’s staff, at the opening of the video. Nothing happened “the way he describes,” he said.

Another former soldier bemoans the harm done to Israel when Gvaryahu goes around the world recounting stories about the IDF, without giving the full picture of what the soldiers are up against, and how they often “endanger their lives” precisely in the sincere effort to prevent harming innocent people.

A third says that even the argument about how “moral” the Israeli army is — or is not — should take place at home, not abroad.

A fourth says that Gvaryahu’s stories are false, and this causes him to question the rest of the “evidence” provided by Breaking the Silence.

Breaking the Silence is a foreign-funded Israeli NGO founded by reservist soldiers and officers in the IDF, who have been highlighting purported abuses on the part of their comrades-in-arms against the Palestinian population in the West Bank.

The group has become the focus of a major controversy, particularly of late, with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon banning it from IDF events and Education Minister Naftali Bennett barring it from schools.

In addition, the Zionist youth organization Im Tirtzu recently produced a clip calling members of Breaking the Silence “moles” who receive money from the European Union, Palestinian NGOs and other sources to paint the IDF in a negative light, thereby abetting the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS).

Breaking the Silence has said it opposes BDS, and accuses its opponents of trying to curtail its freedom of expression.

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  • fred

    It is a shame that Israeli S some have no history of the Jewish past and play the Judas goat role by singing to the enemies tune.Shame. The EU ,the UN cesspool are still following Hitler’s path now wishing the destruction of the Jewish state and here we have Jews who play into their hands. I say there is no reward in the end but pain.

  • marta mikey frid

    Israel is in a state of war; a continuous war since its inception aimed at its extinction.
    At such times, the actions of those involved in Breaking the Silence must be considered treason. It is treason to the State of Israel, and it treason to their comrades who are still willing to be at the forefront of the country’s security.

    • Markus Elkana Brajtman

      What an easy way to make money.

      Go around the worled and lie abouty the IDF. The Arabs and all Israel’s enies must be paying them very well to be traiter to their own country.

      I hope, if they ever returnn to Israel, they will gface a courts marshall and sentenced to long prison terms fofr treason.

  • Lynn K.Circle

    I have never served in the Israeli army, but I am an American veteran of long ago and far away. Today, many citizens of our democracies have no concept of what it is to be in a situation in which life and death decisions have to be made immediately — and a second’s hesitation may very likely cost the life of he who hesitates.

    It is easy in any military action to look at what happened in isolation from all of the relevant factors involved. By doing so, it becomes easy to condemn anyone who has ever pulled a trigger. But those who so do this commit an absurd and evil injustice against the very people who have put their lives on the line to protect their accusers.

    • Markus Elkana Brajtman

      It is either THEM or Us (me)

      There is no time to be a nice guy. Kill the enemy before he has a chance to kill you or your comrades in arms.

  • Paul

    The “Breaking the Silence” group should NOT act as they are acting – washing our dirty laundry outside. However – there IS dirty laundry to be washed. Is there an effective way of washing the laundry WITHOUT going abroad ? There should be no doubt that soldiers placed in the situations they have to deal with are ALWAYS going to do reprehensible things. It is human nature, and is the unavoidable price anyone pays when they hold other people at the end of your rifles. It dehumanizes the guy holding the rifle. I believe we ARE more moral than any other army – but that does not mean we are totally moral.
    So the question is – how CAN one act effectively against those among us who are NOT morally strong, those who DO who cross the lines of decent behavior and perform atrocities ?

    • Eli

      Are you kidding? They are being paid to lible the IDF. No linel – no money!

  • Joseph Feld

    Is there some way the High Court could hear the two sides and make a ruling in this libel case of IDF versus Breaking the Silence? Possibly include one senior judge from Canada, UK or USA.

  • Obviously, these foreign-funded ex-members of the IDF are trying to sabotage Israel, to satisfy their guilt about doing so. I believe they are used as tools to aid and abet the BDS movement. Shame on them! They are a disgrace to the Jewish State, and the more they are exposed, the better ISRAEL will be for it.

  • brenrod

    I long for the day when those spreading dangerous libel are given capital punishment for causing murder of jews based on their lies. Those that fund them should also get the gallows.

  • z

    Why is he not court-martialed? Why no legal proceedings against him and his organization or similar hostile organizations? Why is this hostile foreign agent receiving foreign funds at a time of war with the purpose of doing damage to Israel not in jail yet? Again the Israeli establishment is willfully negligent. Heads should roll throughout the military, intelligence, political and legal echelons. This kind of ongoing persistent negligence is unacceptable.