15 soldiers and 1 Warrant Officer were arrested in the past week by teams of the Military Police in accordance with the “Simulated Kidnappings” operation held by the Operations Directorate.

The soldiers which were “kidnapped” were sent for trial in their units by an officer with the rank of Brig.-Gen., and were punished up to the maximum sentence of 35 days in prison.

The increase in strictness of enforcement and punishment given to those hitch-hiking contrary to the rules has been made in accordance to decisions of the Chief of IDF General Staff. The goal is to increase awareness of the hitchhiking guidelines among the soldiers following many warnings of the intention of the terrorist organizations to kidnap IDF soldiers.

All of the Commands, Services and Units of the IDF have been directed to continue and increase their educational activity on the topic among their officers, warrant officers and soldiers.

In addition there will be surprise checks conducted at the soldier’s transportation platforms in order to check the awareness of the soldiers and their knowledge of the rules concerning hitchhiking.