Feature

When even the tough can’t take it anymore.

The week's news at a glance.

Israel

Yaakov KatzThe Jerusalem Post

Israel just had its biggest military revolt since the 1948 War of Independence, said Yaakov Katz in The Jerusalem Post. Last week, about 100 soldiers from a battalion in the famed Golani Brigade walked off base in protest, saying their “mental-health needs” were being ignored. The brigade is traditionally one of Israel’s most elite units, deployed on the northern front in every war, including last summer’s campaign in Lebanon. That was a tough war for Golani. The deputy commander of the battalion in question, Maj. Ro’i Klein, was killed when he threw himself heroically on a grenade to save his men. Seven other soldiers also died in action. Yet a new battalion leader, the soldiers say, returned everyone to duty “as if nothing had happened.” He ignored requests for appointments with a counselor. He didn’t even show up at a memorial march for the fallen. For months after the war, the soldiers struggled with stress and grief, until finally they snapped. Now 11 of them, “believed to have been the organizers of the revolt,” are in jail. But if their “complaints are not responsibly addressed,” the rest will go AWOL again.

Recommended

New chancellor at Kabul University bans women from campus
An Afghan girl sits in an empty classroom.
going backwards

New chancellor at Kabul University bans women from campus

South Korean military says North Korea fired 'unidentified projectile' into sea
File footage of a North Korean missile launch airs on South Korean TV.
all eyes on north korea

South Korean military says North Korea fired 'unidentified projectile' into sea

Germany's next governing coalition could be determined by 3rd- and 4th-place parties
Annalena Baerbock.
what's next for germany

Germany's next governing coalition could be determined by 3rd- and 4th-place parties

Other countries are besting even the most vaccinated U.S. state
Burlington, VT.
vaccinate the world

Other countries are besting even the most vaccinated U.S. state

Most Popular

7 cartoons about America's vaccine fights
Editorial Cartoon.
Feature

7 cartoons about America's vaccine fights

Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman almost make it through interview without awkwardness
Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman
Last Night on Late Night

Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman almost make it through interview without awkwardness

Democrats are governing like Republicans
A donkey.
Picture of W. James Antle IIIW. James Antle III

Democrats are governing like Republicans