IDF soldier illegally answers Reddit’s questions from near Gaza

Saying he thinks ‘it’s important’ to participate in the website’s Ask Me Anything forum, 21-year-old faces jail time if caught

IDF soldier takes to Reddit for quasi-hasbara.
IDF soldier takes to Reddit for quasi-hasbara.

WASHINGTON, DC — He’s breaking the law, he’s a 21-year-old, and he’s an Israeli soldier who’s stationed near Gaza.

This is what we know if we trust this’s Ask Me Anything post, which was submitted around 9 p.m. (US EST) Wednesday night.

Reddit is a social news website where submitters post news articles, various media, and personal forums (also pictures of cats and memes involving sloths). These are in turn voted on by the community (and commented upon). The more popular a post is (by way of comments and votes), the closer it is to the front of page of Reddit, which the site self-labels “the front page of the Internet.”

Forums like Ask Me Anything comprise a subreddit devoted to people opening up themselves to questions from the entire online community.

The anonymous poster, going by the username Eylo, who went so far as to identify as an Israeli soldier using two photos, opened up the forum with this introduction:

“I’m serving near Gaza. It’s my turn to be the watch of the base, so I’ll be here for a couple of hours. I’m prepared to getting a lot of anger from you guys. Just want to make two things clear in advance, I do not represent the IDF opinions. I’m am just a 21 years old that likes reddit, and what I’m doing is illegal, I am not allowed to post as a solider, but I think its important. Give me your worst. AMA.”

Profile picture of the IDF soldier on Reddit.
Profile picture of the IDF soldier on Reddit.

After answering some questions, he added this “edit” in ways of a farewell and conclusion to the public forum, as is customary to do.

“Edit: thanks for all the questions. I’m reminding that I am not a politician nor the whole Israeli people. Take my knowledge proportionally.”

Here are the top-voted questions, and their answers, in the post (the Times of Israel did not edit for syntax or grammar any of the posts or their answers):

From user northraxredux:
What is your opinion of the “two-state solution” to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and what would need to happen for it to actually work?
Edit: oops, I meant the binational solution. But interested in your opinion either way/on both”

Answer: I could live in both situations, happily. But I do know many people who won’t be able to live with letting Arabs walk the hills of Jerusalem, and vice versa. It would take a brave leader who won’t let noisy minorities with high political power in his way.

From northraxredux:
What land, if any, do you believe Israel is entitled to?

Answer: A tough one… I don’t believe the Jewish narrative (or any other nation’s narrative) for birth right. Which raises the question of why did I sign in. Well, I want to protect my loved ones.

From Adoth-:
(Link) Since it’s on the front page right now. What do you think about what happened to those Palestinian kids on the beach who got bombarded by shells from warships ? And what’s your take on it ?

Answer: If this story is true, the soldiers should be locket in prison and publicly exposed.

From Cheezitz59:
What kind of trouble would you get in for doing this?

Answer: I won’t get caught. But it could cost me some jail time. But I think that having an intelligent conversation does us more good.

From Casperluke:
Is the “Hamas using human shield” narrative true? to what degree?

Answer: As far as I know it is. They form bases under schools and hospitals. They put launchers in families homes. This is way Israel can’t complete the operation with air strikes alone, and says it need to physicly march in to Gaza.

From northraxredux:
What do you see as the immediate reason for Israel’s military action in Gaza? I mean, do you view it in a historical context, as retaliatory, or what?

Answer: No historical context. It’s about dealing with a threat. They publicly want to kill me and my other humans for that matter, all out of religious extreme.

From The_me_in_team:
What is your opinion on the building of settlements in the west bank? Isreal needs to be able to defend itself, but the Palestineans also need room to live. What to you think the best solution is?
Do you think any actual peace can be reached with Hamas? Any treaties? Or do they need to be removed from power entirely? From my prospective it looks like an actual stong Palestinean state is needed to take control of Gaza instead of just having a lawless area that is just guarded and bombed.
Whats the current attitude on the subject of letting Hassidics dodge the draft? Is the free ride soon to be over?
So this is the internet. We have all seen the pics of of the super-hot IDF chicks. Any insight on the matter would be appreciated as well as any stories or pictures. Mostly pictures.

Answer: Let me tell you buddy, if I could fight against them settlers, I would. They are driven from the same extreme drive as any other terrorist group.
I agree with you. They need actual leaders with leaser religious agendas. Hamas is a terror group that grew from the Muslim brothers. This is not a leading body.
I’m sorry, I don’t understand the question. Probably my English.
Well, we also have clever girls. But if you want to talk about the naked ones so, you know, every 18 yr old has to sign up, statistically, some are hot dum girls. When you put a large group of 18 to 21 ones in a closed base for weeks you get needs.

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