Israel Air Force Major Charged With Trading Vacation Days for Favors

Accused of having subordinates, for example, tutor his son for exams.

Gili Cohen
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An Israel Air Force major has been charged in military court with getting soldiers under his command to attend to his personal needs, such as tutoring his son for exams, doing repairs at his home and making bank deposits for him. In return, the major granted the soldiers extra vacation days, according to the charge sheet.

The major is also accused of arranging for one of his soldiers to take a monthly air force exam for him, and for falsifying his duty report by taking credit for tasks that this same soldier actually performed in his place.

The major has been charged with abusing his authority and conduct unbecoming an officer, and has been suspended from the Air Force. His military advocates said that "except for a marginal charge, the accused denies the accusations against him and will fight to prove his innocence in court."

Israel Air Force soldiers at a graduation ceremony. Credit: Ilan Assayag

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