Report: IDF commander suspends reservist for criticizing him online 7 months ago

File: Col. Avinoam Emunah during a military ceremony in 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)
File: Col. Avinoam Emunah during a military ceremony in 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)

A senior IDF official has reportedly ordered the suspension from duty of a reserve soldier in his brigade due to criticism the serviceman voiced of him on social media seven months ago.

Col. Avinoam Emunah, commander of the Hermon Brigade, used his authority to take revenge on the reservist, Channel 12 news reports.

Earlier this year, Emunah met National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir to check the option of being appointed as head of the national guard, which the far-right minister was and still is planning to form. Channel 12 says Emunah had violated army rules by having the meeting.

The reservist at the time criticized Emunah over the meeting.

When war erupted last month, he was called up to the northern front and was stationed there until last week, when Emunah ordered his direct commander to suspend him from duty immediately.

The report cites unnamed members of the unit as saying that after the reservist went home, Emunah told him to “not come back.”

The IDF hasn’t commented on the incident.

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