Daily Israel Report

IDF Arrests Two Soldiers for Passing 'Price Tag' Intel

Two IDF soldiers arrested for passing data on troop movements and demolitions to nationalist activists.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 1/11/2012, 7:16 PM

IDF Soldier
IDF Soldier
IDF Photo

Two IDF soldiers were arrested by Military Police on Wednesday for allegedly passing information on troop movements in Judea and Samaria to nationalist activists opposed to the destruction of Jewish homes in the region.

The IDF confirmed on Wednesday morning that it arrested a soldier from the Paratrooper’s Brigade it believes passed sensitive information to a group orchestrating a series of so-called “price tag” attacks in the region.

The soldier is not cooperating with investigators and, according to his attorney, has denied the allegations.

Attorney Aharon Rose said, "So far we haven't heard anything from investigators indicating they have proof that my client committed the alleged crimes."

On Wednesday afternoon, Military Policemen arrested a second soldier from the Golani Brigade who also allegedly passed on information regarding military movements to the activist's so-called "war room" by text messages from his cellular phone.

The indictment claims the activists set up a “war room” in an apartment the activists shared, which had classified aerial maps, information about deployments and movement of troops, and other classified information.

The men also allegedly operated a hotline for activists to call whenever they saw troop movement consistent with outpost evacuations.

According to the indictment, the informants disclosed to nationalist activists the exact time the army was planning to evacuate Ramat Gilad. 

Based on this information, prosecutors say, dozens of activists who eventually raided the Ephraim Brigade base were mobilized.

IDF sources said Military Police were searching for additional soldiers who might have also supplied the group with information.