Earlier this month YWN-ISRAEL reported that ZAKA volunteers assisted by the generosity of others, managed to provide food for Nachal Chareidi soldiers on an IDF base just hours before shabbos. It has now been learned that a platoon commander paid a price for permitting this act of chessed for he wanted the soldiers to have hot shabbos food and not have to make do with cold battle rations. The junior officer has been remanded to his base for 28 days, his punishment for permitting a simple act of chessed.
The Office of the IDF Spokesman explains that in such instances, the battle rations are the solution on hand, as was the case here. The officer was found in violation of guidelines, permitting civilian food into a military facility that was not from the only body authorized, LIBI.
The spokesman explains the officer simply acted without authorization and therefore, he was judged and sentenced in line with IDF regulations.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)