Commander reprimanded for failings during attack

Central Command head reprimands Kfir Brigade Commander following investigation of last week’s attack near Samaria’s Har Bracha.

Talia Blatman,

At scene of attack in Samaria
At scene of attack in Samaria
IDF Spokesperson

Central Command head Major-General Roni Numa reprimanded a Commander of the Kfir Brigade Company, an officer ranked as Lieutenant Colonel, in light of the investigation following last week’s terror attack near the Samarian community of Har Bracha. The investigation revealed that soldiers wounded in the attack were found to have displayed severely poor conduct.

The comprehensive investigation pointed to “Failings in the manner in which the task was implemented and deficiencies and serious irregularities in the norms and values of the combat soldiers regarding their safeguarding of their weapons, comradeship and dedication to the mission.”

Kfir Brigade Commander Col. Guy Hazut on Sunday night presented an investigation of the attack to Division 340 Commander Brig. Gen. Oren Avman, which showed deficiencies and serious irregularities in the norms and values of the combat soldiers regarding their safeguarding of their weapons, comradeship and dedication to the mission.

Avman accepted the findings of the investigation and the recommendations that arose from it. A command warning was recorded for the company commander by the division commander, and likewise the commander was suspended for the coming year.

In addition a platoon commander and sergeant were dismissed from their duties.

Regarding the two soldiers who were wounded in the attack, it was decided that they would be allowed return to their regular military activities after recovering from their wounds.

The two Arab terrorists in the attack succeeded in approaching the military post adjacent to Har Bracha, stabbing the soldiers and then escaping from the scene after trying to steal their weapons.

Apparently, the terrorists were foiled only by a serious and potentially lethal breach of military commands by the soldiers themselves, who were not carrying their weapons at the time.


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