A video showing half-naked female Israeli soldiers "pole-dancing" with a rifle has emerged online a few days after military authorities reportedly took disciplinary action against female recruits who posted half-naked photos of themselves online.
The 30-second footage, reportedly shot in an unidentified southern barracks, shows three young female army recruits, one of them in g-string, dancing around an upright rifle in the middle of a room and smacking each other's behinds. The clip, with the faces of the women pixelated, aired on Israel's Channel 2 on Tuesday, according to the Huffington Post.
The video will cause the Israeli Defense forces further embarrassment and raise questions not only about discipline in the army but also about the policy of compulsory service for young Israelis who may feel indifferent to the call and, therefore, more productively employed in other activities.
In the video, one of girls, according to the Huffington Post, tells her companion, "dance on the rifle like a slut."
The woman filming the girls is heard saying she will post the video to Facebook.
The video emerges only a few days after the Israeli news site Walla showed online photos of a group of half-naked female army recruits. The photos showed the girls in military fatigues exposing their behinds in scanty undies. Another photo showed women in a barracks room naked except for combat helmets and some gear.
IDF authorities claimed at the time that the women were disciplined for their "unbecoming" behavior. According to the Huffington Post, the IDF said it held "educational lectures" to prevent recurrence of the behavior. An army source said: "The commanding officers disciplined the soldiers as they saw fit."
The official statement gave no further details of the disciplinary action.
The Daily Mail notes that the women in the latest video have not been identified and the army has given no official response to the video.
However, it appears to be part of a trend in which female soldiers post online racy photos and videos of themselves. In recent years, there have been repeated incidents involving IDF soldiers posting inappropriate photos to social media which have drawn criticism.
Digital Journal reported that in 2012, an official of the Israeli Defense Force, Lt. Sacha Dratwa, in charge of social media affairs, posted a photo of himself on Facebook with his face covered in mud and a caption "Obama style."
Digital Journal also reported that a soldier caused outrage in February when he posted to Instagram a photo of a Palestinian boy's head in the crosshairs of his sniper rifle.
In December, a 22-year-old soldier posted images to his Instagram account, one of which showed him licking "blood" from a knife with the caption: "Fuck all Arabs their blood is tasty."
According to the Huffington Post, in 2010, Israeli military authorities banned soldiers using social media sites while on base for a year, following repeated incidents of "unbecoming behavior" of IDF soldiers on social media.