IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot (Photo: IDF Spokesman)
YNetNews By: Yoav Zitun
In wake of murder of soldier who was stabbed to death while on break and unarmed, Eisenkot changes procedures requiring soldiers to leave their weapons in the armory while going on breaks longer than 3 days.
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot instructed the military on Monday evening to change the orders that require soldiers to leave their weapons at base before leaving for vacation in the wake of the death of an off-duty unarmed soldier in a terror attack in Sha’ar Binyamin last week.
Until now, the IDF policy was for soldiers going on vacation that is longer than three days to leave their weapons in the base’s armory. This is done to prevent the weapons from being stolen.
From now on, however, soldiers will carry their weapons home with them, and the IDF said they will be instructed on how to secure their weapons while they’re off base.