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The IDF's Geography - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
March 2nd, 2004
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The IDF's Geography
The officer in charge of coordinating my reserve duty, i.e. the one subletting me for this particular assignment to some other unit (normally, my unit does not serve in the OT), has finally returned my call.

I made it clear I am showing up a week from now, at the training base (not in the OT), and that I shall refuse to guard settlements in the OT. She responded that I shouldn't be worried because those settlements are not in the OT. I was surprised. This is the same person I spoke with some two weeks ago, who admitted that the settlements I am to guard are in the OT. I asked whether we're still talking about the same mission, and she confirmed that we are. I pointed out that those settlements are patently in the OT, but she said I'm wrong. I suggested that she consult a map, so she called up the operations officer of the unit (קמב"צ), and that officer told her it's not in the OT, "but rather in the Bik'ah" (Jordan valley, north of the Dead Sea).

The settlements to the north of the dead sea are decidedly deep in the OT, but these folks seem reluctant to admit it. I'm not sure what map they are looking at, really.

After more insistence on my part, she impatiently said that I still must show up. I reiterated that I shall show up, but that I shall then refuse to go the OT. She said "My job is not to give you a geography lesson. Just show up, and you can take it up with the commander of the guarding battalion you are to be part of." I repeated that I'm announcing my refusal in advance, and explicitly asked that it be written down and that I do not expect the officer in charge to be surprised at my refusal. She said she would write down that "the soldier refuses to serve in the OT", but that "it would not be relevant because these settlements are not in the OT". Sheesh.

I guess I had better bring a map with me, just in case that other officer doesn't realize that Tomer, Yafit, and Almog are settlements in the occupied territories.

Current Mood: frustrated
Current Music: Haifa Septet -- The Journey

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From:gaal
Date:March 2nd, 2004 04:53 pm (UTC)
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I doubt they even have a map with the green line marked on it. (Do you?) These have been made scarce.

Could it be they were assuming only the PA autonomous areas are "in the OT"?
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC)
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Yes, now that I think of it, I think that is the distinction they meant.
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From:iod
Date:March 2nd, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Here, get them a printout of this list of YESHA settlements. If the settlers themselves say they're settlements, they probably know what they're talking about. Couldn't find an Ovnat, though. How do you spell that?
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the link. Ovnat is apparently only the name of a stream in the area, not a settlement. It was mentioned by that officer as a settlement in the vicinity, for some reason.
From:gamahucheur
Date:March 2nd, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like a foolish but deliberate ruse to me.
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From:wildernesscat
Date:March 2nd, 2004 06:54 pm (UTC)

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I knew it. They'll try to get technical with you.
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
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I am suddenly reminded of Animal House:
Boon [to Katy]: It's not gonna be an orgy, it's a toga party!
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From:shunra
Date:March 2nd, 2004 07:07 pm (UTC)
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More power to you, for standing your ground.

The phrase "hashtachim hakvushim" is the pertinent one - and the area your coordinating person refers to certainly is included in those.
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From:greenshade
Date:March 3rd, 2004 01:03 am (UTC)

wow

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IDF flashback. This is so cool - could be a supreme comic material. 1984, or rather catch-22 stuff.

I advise you to tape these calls (you can tell the officer it's taped if you want to), and to bring the tape (with a mean to play it) with you, just in case.
If you, by any chance, end up in a machbosh, please find a way to tell us were.
We have people everywhere, ya know :)
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From:alexcohn
Date:March 9th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)

going geographical

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would you accept service guarding Givat Zarfatit? Hermon ski site? Erez Industrial Zone?
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