There has always been a pecking order in Zahal, and you can see it in the way the Army functions. The better off in Israeli society somehow end up in more commanding postions and the people from the perhiphery that weren't as better off don't always get promoted. It's been that way for so long that it's a national fact of life. Redundant jobs . . .the Shin Gimel, the Cooks, the other week on, week off postions that are meant to make it possible for the "weaker" recruits" to fit into the system--I'd expect the person at the gate to be somebody alert to the seculity needs of Zahal, for instance. Somebody in the Kirya isn't thinking straight, or something, if you ask me. Let's stop trying the Army to be something more that what it ought to be, an Israel Defense Army. What about the other "weapons", our educated men and women,, who are highly skilled and intelligent, but that means we have to invest in education, no? Our abiltity to serve the medical needs to the population of the State, and sometimes the needs of regional and world wide disaster areas, but that means we have to invest in our medical infrastructure, no? Our technological and scientific leadership that gives us the edge in mililary and industrial sectors, but that means investment in the brains and their projects, no? Ah! but we do need the Army so much that all those above issues have to wait to pay for the pensions of the generals when they retire at 50!
Turkish jets reportedly attack PKK targets in southeast Turkey (AP)