IDF Officer Charged With Sex Crimes, Issuing Permits to Ineligible Palestinians

The major's commanders unsuccessfully sought to discharge him in the past, after finding his conduct to be suffering from 'moral faults.'

Illustrative photo of IDF soldier under arrest.
Tal Cohen

A Civil Administration officer was charged with serious sex crimes, bribery and breach of authority, including issuing permits to ineligible Palestinians, the Jaffa military court cleared for publication on Sunday.

The indictment against the major was filed at the end of last month, and Israeli news website Ynet revealed the affair about two weeks ago. Parts of it are still under a gag order. According to the officer’s attorneys, additional details could harm national security.

The officer has been under arrest for three months. The Military Prosecution Service has asked for him to be jailed until the culmination of legal proceedings. According to sources in the Israel Defense Forces, the officers’ commanders sought to discharge him in the past, after finding his conduct to be suffering from “moral faults.” The military body in charge of terminating personnel refused the request. If not for the indictment, the officer would have been up for retirement next year.

Last month, another major in the same unit was sentenced to five years in prison after he was found guilty of taking bribes amounting to a quarter of a million shekels in return for issuing permits to Palestinians. The officer, Maj. Yosef Yazid, also illegaly housed and employed Palestinians in his home. In addition to the prison term, the officer was fined 30,000 shekels and demoted to corporal.