This past Saturday at B'nai Jeshurun, my synagogue, one of the Israeli
officers who has signed the growing list against serving in the Occupied
Territories, spoke at the conclusion of Sabbath services. For those
interested, their website is www.seruv.org.il. Their mission statement
We, reserve combat officers and soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces,
were raised upon the principles of Zionism, sacrifice and giving to the
people of Israel and to the State of Israel, who have always served in the
front lines, and who were the first to carry out any mission, light or heavy,
in order to protect the State of Israel and strengthen it.
We, combat officers and soldiers who have served the State of Israel for
long weeks every year, in spite of the dear cost to our personal lives, have
been on reserve duty all over the Occupied Territories, and were issued
commands and directives that had nothing to do with the security of our
country, and that had the sole purpose of perpetuating our control over the
Palestinian people. We, whose eyes have seen the bloody toll this Occupation
exacts from both sides.
We, who sensed how the commands issued to us in the Territories, destroy
all the values we had absorbed while growing up in this country.
We, who understand now that the price of Occupation is the loss of IDFs
human character and the corruption of the entire Israeli society.
We, who know that the Territories are not Israel, and that all settlements
are bound to be evacuated in the end.
We hereby declare that we shall not continue to fight this War of the
We shall not continue to fight beyond the 1967 borders in order to
dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire people.
We hereby declare that we shall continue serving in the Israel Defense
Forces in any mission that serves Israels defense.
The missions of occupation and oppression do not serve this purpose and
we shall take no part in them.