The Jerusalem Post reported this weekend that a retired Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) officer was detained for questioning in the UK, on claims that he was “involved in war crimes during the Gaza war in the summer of 2014.” He was released following the intervention of the Israeli government – and it is believed his detention was due to his name being provided by anti-IDF organizations.
Last night, Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon condemned Breaking the Silence, one of the major organizations which opposes the IDF, noting the organization has “malicious motives.”
According to The Times of Israel, Ya’alon banned the organization henceforth from any events attended by soldiers, and he slammed it for working to vilify Israeli soldiers abroad. On Facebook, Ya’alon attacked the “hypocrisy and deceitful propaganda against IDF soldiers and the State of Israel, which is part of the delegitimization campaign against us.”
Yaalon noted, “If Breaking the Silence were really concerned about the Israeli army’s conduct, it would “work directly with the IDF, rather than defaming our soldiers abroad.” He added “this is an organization operating with malicious motives.”
Breaking the Silence provided 57 negative testimonies in international reports against IDF soldiers. The Palestinian foundation The Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, operating in Ramallah, noted in a report published in 2015 that it paid Breaking the Silence in order to bring them at least one negative testimony against the IDF. Breaking the Silence provided 57 testimonies.
Hamas admitted this past year that is used the Breaking the Silence report on Operation Protective Edge for the purposes of its warfare against Israel. In 2015, the organization held countless events worldwide, with the purpose of accusing the IDF of committing war crimes.
Breaking the Silence is lauded in the US by the radical non-profit organization, The New Israel Fund, who authorized grants worth $699,310 in the last six years. They are active in promoting “war crimes” charges against Israel.
Extremists who harm the Israel Defense Forces are harming Western civilization.
Ronn Torossian is a TruthRevolt contributor and the President and CEO of 5W Public Relations