Stripper-gate / Strip Him of His Rank

As far as I'm concerned, the nude dancers can be invited to general staff meetings. They can dance on the tables, twisting their bodies atop top-secret maps, if that's how generals and admirals prefer to dissipate the accumulated stress of the security situation. If that's what makes them feel good and relaxes them - so be it.

I read this weekend that my pal, Israel Navy commander Eliezer Marom, and his loyal underlings are charging those calling for his dismissal with "personal interests." I would normally not dare stick my head into a matter concerning the top brass, if not for the nearly non-existent chance of an old sailor like me rising up the ranks.

My only wish is to contribute to settling the dispute that has erupted between two competing schools of thought: One side demands justice and punishment, as usual, while the other is ready to content itself with a mere expression of regret on Marom's part.

Despite the admiral's lie that he visited the club just once, and not while representing his own office ("it was for a friend's party"), and just for a short while ("10 minutes altogether") - despite all these, Maj. Gen. "Chiney" will likely be treated with kid gloves, as it is the chief of staff who will rule on the issue, in coordination with senior education chiefs, and their verdict will be final.

On the other hand, perhaps they will decide these troubled times demand changes to the entire IDF ethical code, overseen by army ethicist Prof. Asa Kasher.

It's clear, after all, that according to existing rules, an officer cadet caught on tape at a strip club would be dismissed without a second thought, even more so if his excuses were exposed in their full mendacity. Attempts at concealment are often graver than the misdeeds themselves.

We can forgive - sometimes. But if untainted loyalty is demanded of the cadet, so too should the navy chief be dismissed.