Elite IDF Soldier Returns Money Looted in Gaza War

Soldier confessed to stealing credit card and withdrawing NIS 1,600 in cash upon return to Israel.

An Israel Defense Forces soldier accused of looting a home in the Gaza Strip during the Israeli offensive earlier this year has returned the stolen money along with a letter of apology to the Palestinian owner.

The Givati Brigade soldier confessed to stealing a credit card from the man's home and withdrawing NIS 1,600 in cash from that account upon his return from Israel. A number of days later, the Palestinian lodged a complaint and the soldier was arrested.

The soldier on Tuesday returned the cash through his lawyer, along with NIS 20 shekels in interest and the apology letter. "By the power of attorney, I hereby offer you in writing [the soldier's] regret and apology," the soldier's lawyer wrote in addendum. "My client seeks to right the damage caused and return the money.

The Southern Command military court will debate on Wednesday an appeal to hold the soldier in custody until the end of proceedings.

The army's police investigative unit launched a probe into the allegations last month after receiving the Palestinians' complaint and arrested two soldiers over the matter.