ISRAEL - Senior Officer Alleges IDF Corruption

Arno Froese

A rare report has been released that is highly critical of the IDF, detailing corruption in the military and defense establishment as well as issues with its organizational culture.

According to the Israel Defense news site, the detailed report was divided into three volumes and “deals with suspicions of corruption in the IDF and in the Israeli defense system and industries, operational failures and also with issues related to moral values and a pessimistic organizational culture, including commanders’ fears of expressing independent positions.”

Col. Alon Madanes returned from Washington this past summer when he finished his term as IDF Ground Forces attaché.

Madanes “recently met with the chief of staff for a personal meeting,” the IDF said, adding, “We will not elaborate on closed conversations between the chief of staff and his subordinates.”

Israel Defense said the report was written for top brass in a “restricted and censored” way and that IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi did not keep the report in his office.

According to [a] think tank, while the military remains the most trusted institution in the country among Jewish Israelis, the latest survey indicated the lowest level of confidence in the IDF since 2008.

Madanes said erosion of ethical conduct had taken place, and many soldiers and commanders in the field were “unprofessional” and lacked basic legal knowledge.

“I feel a significant erosion of our ethical conduct as a system and a great lack of discipline,” he wrote., 10 January 2022

Arno's Commentary

There is no military in the world, when properly inspected, that receives a completely clean bill of health. There is always some corruption and lack of ethical conduct; that’s a given. What’s significant is that the middle-of-the-road Jerusalem Post allowed for the publication of such information—apparently, only in Israel!

When one reads of the amazing cooperation between the various groups—often not speaking the same language—during and before the war of independence, things have definitely changed today. Yet Israel’s defense forces are still the best in the world and stand head and shoulders above all.

When we ask the question why, we receive the answer from Scripture clearly reveals that Israel will be the leading country on planet earth. Thus, whether its erosion of ethical military conduct, corruption, or lack of discipline, calls for correction are in order—especially when it has gotten to the point of being made public.

However, above and beyond all that is being written and said, Israel stands under the invisible justification yet to come. “In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory” (Isaiah 45:25).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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