The promotion of a deputy commander in an engineering battalion will be stopped as a result of alleged crass behavior toward his subordinates, which included blows and racist remarks, according to a Tuesday-morning report by Kol Yisrael government radio. The subordinates claimed he humiliated them in front of their subordinates, abusing a Russian immigrant on the basis of his background.
Military Ombudsman Yitzchak Brick ruled that the officer will not be given the assignment that had been planned for him and will not be given a command assignment for three months. His record will also reflect that he did a thorough clarification of the claims. The Spokesperson's Office of the Israel Defense Forces said the incidents were serious and inconsistent with the norms expected of a commander.