A West Bank raid by the Israel Defense Forces had to be called off after a soldier posted details of the operation on his Facebook page. “On Wednesday,” the status update read, “we are cleaning out " a village, which the soldier named. “Today an arrest operation, tomorrow an arrest operation and then, please God, home.” The gabby grunt was booted from his elite unit and sent to jail for 10 days.
The posting of inappropriate or classified material by soldiers has become widespread enough that the IDF has launched an education campaign and is considering new regulations, the Jerusalem Post reports. An intelligence officer says information security is essential. “We see more activity among enemies on the Internet. All one needs is Internet access and to search for a few key words and begin collecting intelligence.” (Read more Facebook stories.)