Defense Minister Moshe ya’alon harshly criticized the activities of leftist organizations «Shovrim of stica».
According to ya’alon, it is «outrageous and unacceptable phenomenon and we guarantee protection and support to any soldier of the IDF at risk of persecution outside Israel».
According to the Minister of defence, «we are witnessing another attempt to bring to delegitimize Israel in the international arena».
Moshe ya’alon said that he put a ban on the participation of activists of the «Sovra of stice» in any events organized by the army.
«If this organization really cared about the moral character of the IDF as we care about him, she would have advanced his claims to the command of the army, and has not been followed by negative publicity abroad».
On 13 December it was reported that British police arrested at the airport upon arrival in the UK of a reserve officer of the IDF on suspicion of involvement in war crimes committed during operation protective edge.
The Israeli was released after several hours, after intervention by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, reports The Jerusalem Post.
The reserve officer was detained because his name was contained in the list of participants of «operation enduring rock», transferred to the authorities of the European States Pro-Palestinian organizations. The list of defendants allegedly involved in war crimes committed by the IDF during the «Enduring rock» in the summer of last year.
The detainee was interrogated for several hours, and he was released after intervention from the Israeli foreign Ministry and the international law division of the Prosecutor’s office of the IDF. After liberation, the British authorities brought the Israeli apology.