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article imagePhotos: Israeli troops post 'surreal' pics to Instagram

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 16, 2012 in World
Tel Aviv - As Israel prepares the offensive against Hamas, tweets operations in Gaza and posts videos of hits to YouTube, soldiers have joined in the Internet warfare trend, posting smiling photos of themselves to Instagram.
The images of smiling soldiers have drawn mixed responses from the media. CBC.ca described the images as "shocking." Buzzfeed described them as "surreal." Many say the photos of smiling soldiers with provocative captions are insensitive. Some of the captions from Buzzfeed:
"We're coming for you gaza! #idf #igers #israel #igdaily #ig_israel #instagood #instamood #iphonesia #iphoneonly #picoftheday #ohb #all_shots #sexy #follow #gmy #gang_family #jj #cute #beautiful #me #webstagram #tbt"
"Out in the sun, in the dust of the war, one nation standing stronger than before #sabaton #primovictoria #israel #idf #warrior #kill #colt #m16 #tweegram #instalove #sexy #bomb #rockstar #fire #5.56 #nevergiveup #sleaze #instagood #happy #sleep"
According to MSN Now, such hashtags as #cute, #beautiful, #sexy #bomb #rockstar #fire and #picoftheday, are inflaming.
It is difficult to guess whether the smiles on the soldiers' faces are genuine or meant only for the fleeting moment the camera snaps.
A sample of some of the Instagram photos:
IDFsoldiers
IDFsoldiers
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IDF soldiers
IDF soldiers
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Israeli Defense Forces
Israeli Defense Forces
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Israeli soldiers
Israeli soldiers
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Israeli soldiers
Israeli soldiers
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israeli soldier
israeli soldier
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Instagram photo
Instagram photo
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IDF soldier
IDF soldier
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Israeli soldier
Israeli soldier
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Israeli soldiers
Israeli soldiers
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Israel
Israel
Instagram
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IDF
IDF
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IDF
IDF
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