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Friday, March 3, 2017

Walla reports that IDF reservists in the North were surprised to see that many of their vegetables came from Gaza.

Ran Reuven Golan wrote on Facebook, "Shame shame shame. I'm in the army reserves. Today the supply truck came into the kitchen. All cartons of cucumbers are labeled that they are made in Gaza. Palestine is written on them  in Arabic. Israeli farmers are struggling to survive and the IDF is buying vegetables made in Gaza. Not to mention the security risk. Please share..."

Golan told Walla, "At night they shoot missiles at us and  in the morning we buy from them. It's absurd."

The IDF spokesman said in response that the IDF buys the food from companies that win contracts from the Ministry of Defense, according to the law and with the approval of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Defence as required by law.

While there are legitimate reasons - including security reasons -  to help Gaza's private sector, this is not something that the IDF should be doing directly. The priority should be to buy domestic goods when possible, as any army would do. And now that Hamas knows that the IDF eats Gaza cucumbers, there is an increased chance of tampering. This is altogether a bad idea.

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