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IDF Soldier Illegally Hosts an AMA on Reddit

If caught, the unknown 21-year-old Israeli faces jail time

By: Daniel Koren

Published: July 17th, 2014 in Business » Israel

Despite its rustic appearance, Reddit (“the front page of the Internet”) is one of the most popular online social forums, a place where you can find out what’s trending before it hits news agencies and where famous celebrities host delightful, not to mention revealing, ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) segments.

If you were perusing the site last night (Wednesday) then you would have seen a peculiar AMA taking place, hosted by a 21-year-old Israeli soldier stationed near Gaza.

I use the word ‘peculiar’ here because, as we all know, IDF soldiers are not allowed to discuss whatever intel they have in their possession, or post anything at all during their service.

In fact, such an infraction can result in jail time.

The AMA post was submitted around 9pm by an anonymous user going by the name of Eylo. He identified himself as an Israeli soldier, and began the post with the following introduction:

“I’m serving near Gaza. It’s my turn to be the watch of the base, so I’ll be here for a couple of hours. I’m prepared to getting a lot of anger from you guys. Just want to make two things clear in advance, I do not represent the IDF opinions. I’m am just a 21 years old that likes reddit, and what I’m doing is illegal, I am not allowed to post as a solider, but I think its important. Give me your worst. AMA.”

He also added an ‘edit’ after the questions were submitted.

“Edit: thanks for all the questions. I’m reminding that I am not a politician nor the whole Israeli people. Take my knowledge proportionally.”

Some of the top-voted questions, and their answers, in the AMA post are as follows:

Cheezitz59: What kind of trouble would you get in for doing this?

Eylo: I won’t get caught. But it could cost me some jail time. But I think that having an intelligent conversation does us more good.

northraxredux: What is your opinion of the “two-state solution” to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and what would need to happen for it to actually work?

Edit: oops, I meant the binational solution. But interested in your opinion either way/on both”

Eylo: I could live in both situations, happily. But I do know many people who won’t be able to live with letting Arabs walk the hills of Jerusalem, and vice versa. It would take a brave leader who won’t let noisy minorities with high political power in his way.

northraxredux: What land, if any, do you believe Israel is entitled to?

Eylo: A tough one… I don’t believe the Jewish narrative (or any other nation’s narrative) for birth right. Which raises the question of why did I sign in. Well, I want to protect my loved ones.

Adoth: Since it’s on the front page right now. What do you think about what happened to those Palestinian kids on the beach who got bombarded by shells from warships ? And what’s your take on it ?

Eylo: If this story is true, the soldiers should be locket in prison and publicly exposed.

Casperluke: Is the “Hamas using human shield” narrative true? to what degree?

Eylo: As far as I know it is. They form bases under schools and hospitals. They put launchers in families homes. This is way Israel can’t complete the operation with air strikes alone, and says it need to physicly march in to Gaza.

For more, check out Eylo’s user name over at Reddit.

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