The wages of sin may be death in the New Testament. But in the IDF the wages of terror appear to be sodomy.
I don’t know why it is that the IDF finds it especially appropriate to mete our the punishments of sodomy for suspected terrorists in its hands. We know, for example, that IDF military torturer Doron Zahavi (aka Captain George) supervised the sodomy and torture of Lebanese prisoner Mustafa Dirani because it was suspected that he was an Amal terrorist who knew something about the kidnapping of Ron Arad.
Similarly, an Israeli rapist admitted his crime in this post from Yulie Cohen’s Blog Ishi (Hebrew) in which he described his rape of a fellow soldier at age 19, while they served in the IDF. He was attempting to exorcise his demons and expiate his sin, and also to make a statement about how common such acts and the thought processes that lead to them are among Israeli men.
Now, Erez Efrati, a former bodyguard for IDF chief of staff Gaby Ashkenazi is falling on the mercy of an Israeli court in the appeal of his conviction for raping and attempted sodomy of a woman after a stag party. He got eight years for the crime. And the grounds of his appeal? He mistook her for a terrorist. Keep in mind that he’s outside a Tel Aviv club when this happens, not guarding the Gaza border. Anyway, he sees this dark shadowy figure and his military training immediately kicks in and he…rapes her. Does this tell us something about how the IDF trains its finest young men, the ones selected for coveted assignments like guarding the chief of staff? Or does it tell us the guy is full of s(^t?
At yesterday’s hearing, Efrati claimed he had thought the complainant was a terrorist and acted in accordance with his professional training.
“I passed a shadowy figure and I felt my pulse in my throat as the figure moved to my side,” he said. “The figure entered the car and I flew at this figure, pulling the keys out of the ignition as in my military training, fearfully. I behaved as if she were a terrorist.”
That’s an interesting mental calculation on the part of some Israeli men: woman=terrorist.
At any rate, if you consider the guy claims he’s taking responsibility for his crime, why does he attempt such a ludicrous excuse for an argument?
“I take responsibility for the damage and pain I have caused,” he said. “I think about this every day, I know she experienced something terrible. Four or five months ago, I began psychological treatment as part of taking responsibility, in order to understand how I reached this state. My life was completely overturned. Her pain is what is most important, and I am trying to comprehend.”
What part of his psychological treatment included coming up with this bone-headed piece of junk defense theory?
On a related front, Dena Shunra even wonders whether Yoav Even may’ve learned his penchant for sodomy through his IDF service. Perhaps he took one look at P’s dark form in his apartment that fateful night, mistook her for a terrorist, and the gut instincts instilled in him by his IDF training took over and he…sodomized her.
This may be a new tactic the Israeli army is developing. In addition to F-16s and Apaches, it’s adding sodomy to its arsenal.