One picture showed four women, who are new recruits, dropping their army trousers to reveal the thongs they were wearing underneath. One woman in the photo was dressed only in her bra and pants. Another image showed five scantily clad recruits wearing only helmets and a small covering of combat equipment.
The pictures received multiple ‘likes’ on Facebook, along with numerous enthusiastic comments. The enthusiasm was not shared by Israel’s commanding military brass, who announced that the women had been given stern “educational lectures” about their future conduct.
In a statement, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said: “The picture in question represents behaviour unbecoming IDF soldiers. The commanding officers disciplined the soldiers as they saw fitting.” The women were undergoing basic training at an infantry training school in southern Israel.
Not the first time
There have been several instances of Israeli soldiers posting embarrassing images on social media, drawing condemnation from the IDF and rebukes from commanding officers. A video posted on YouTube in 2010 showed a soldier dancing in a suggestive manner around a blindfolded Palestinian woman. Photos had previously been discovered showing a female soldier posing in front of Palestinian prisoners.