IDF tells soldiers to keep vacations under wraps

IDF tells soldiers to keep vacations under wraps

Army, fearing attacks against Israeli targets abroad, orders soldiers not to post travel plans online

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

IDF soldiers depart their base for weekend leave (photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef/Flash90)
IDF soldiers depart their base for weekend leave (photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef/Flash90)

The IDF ordered its soldiers on Tuesday to refrain from posting information about planned vacations online, as it fears attacks against Israeli targets and tourists abroad.

In written orders circulated on Tuesday, the Operations Directorate updated its existing regulations regarding soldiers traveling overseas.

The new rules state that soldiers can’t mention planned flights and destinations on online social networks.

Soldiers were reminded not to order room service; to avoid rooms on middle floors, from which it is harder to escape; not to walk around in uniform; and to check pre-booked rooms for suspicious objects when checking in.

Soldiers were also told to treat the National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau travel warnings as they would direct orders from their commanders.

Attacks against Israeli targets in India, alongside a failed attempt to attack the embassy in Georgia and a further botched attack in Thailand earlier this month, have Israeli diplomats and tourists on high alert as security and intelligence officials fear more attacks might be in the making.

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