Yesterday, the Israeli media reported that an IDF officer was caught using a false identity (Hebrew) and trolling for women on Facebook. This being Israel, the officer’s identity was under military censorship. Thanks to an Israeli source, I can expose his true identity: he is Colonel Lior Hochman, age 44, and a 26-year veteran of the IDF and senior officer in the armored corps. Hochman is, of course, married with children. He was born and raised in Netanya.
He has a past as a sex abuser, having been reprimanded eight years ago for verbal sexual harassment. Despite the discipline he faced, his advancement wasn’t impeded in the least. He is, of course, in line for a promotion to brigadier general, where he would command an armored division.
Thanks to an Israeli reader who remembered that Hochman was also severely reprimanded (Hebrew) in 2002 after awarding to outstanding units under his command looted treasure from the Muqata in Nablus during Operation Defensive Wall. The awards were given during a ceremony that celebrated the unit’s success in the military operation. Among the looted items were ceremonial swords, a pistol (displayed on his office desk) and keffiyeh.
Interesting to note that comment 40 in the thread for the above article contains this revealing information:
Lior Hochman, the “outstanding” officer, in his free time doesn’t just loot swords. He leeches off the female soldiers [in his unit] spending his nights with them, at the time when he’s said to be protecting the homeland.
His Facebook MO is to pose as an unmarried man using the fictional name, Alon Rotem, and seek assignations with women. The women describe an exceedingly charming fellow who showered them with compliments. They would never have interacted with him had they known he was married. One victim even said that he tried to have forcible sex with her.
Today’s Israeli news says that Hochman has requested a leave of absence from his position. I’d say this is a prelude to his retirement or firing. If he’d merely killed Palestinians, of course he’d have received that big promotion.
This being Israel, there is a lucrative career open to him as a security or weapons consultant offering Israel’s advanced armaments to some of the finest dictators the world has known. And of course as a private citizen he can prowl the internet and ply endless women with his lies and come-ons. He can do this with impunity.
One of the most darkly ironic statements came from MK Miri Regev, who said that Hochman’s conduct wasn’t worthy of IDF officers since they serve as moral models for Israeli society. This, from the woman who called African refugees a cancer in the Israeli body politic. I guess she means to distinguish between Israeli Jews, who deserve a high moral standard and Africans who deserve nothing but insult and derision, being of a different class than the Israeli master-race.
I’ve reported regularly here on the incredible presumption and arrogance of many Israeli males. Not to mention the justice system’s prejudice against victims of rape and sexual abuse. Israeli men in all walks of life have abused their position and privilege to bully and abuse women. A president, senior cabinet ministers, former generals. But this is the first time I’ve reported that a senior active-duty IDF officer had joined such an august boys club.
Don’t imagine there will be any discipline invoked in this case. The IDF, being the good ol’ boy’s club it is, doesn’t like to punish such misdeeds (boy officers will be boys). So Hochman will likely ride off into the sunset with his IDF pension intact and his new job beckoning.
Given that an Israeli judge partially lifted the gag in the Wael Abu Rida kidnapping as a result of my breaking the gag, perhaps the IDF censor or judge upholding the gag in this case will do the same now that I’ve broken this gag too!
By the way, last week I was ridiculed on air by Israel’s leading TV news anchor, Ehud Yaari. You know you’re doing something right when that happens. Personally, I think they both have a case of journalistic penis envy. They envy what I have (or can do) that they cannot.
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