What happens when a military vet leaves the IDF?
An IDF veteran who served in the IDF for more than a decade is heading to a new job, while the soldier he helped lead to combat and become a paratrooper faces criminal charges.
The military service of two-time Medal of Honor recipient and former infantryman Ehud Yaari was announced Monday as part of a deal that would see the army pay his legal fees and give him a full pension, as well as to provide medical and psychological care for his family.
A court in Haifa sentenced Yaari to 10 years in prison on Thursday for his role in the 2008 attack on the Kerem Shalom outpost in the West Bank.
Yaari, who was not on duty at the time, was also convicted of criminal manslaughter for firing an automatic weapon at an IDF jeep during the attack.
He was sentenced to serve the time in the military jail and not the civilian prison system.
Yaari is now free after serving the sentence in military custody, where he was allowed to wear a bulletproof vest.
Yari served in several combat units in Israel, including the Iron Dome, as a sniper, and later as a soldier.
Yaarei was wounded by a rocket fired by a Palestinian assailant in the village of Sderot in 2007.
Yarei told the court that he was not aware that his actions violated international laws and was not guilty of a crime.
“I was only thinking about the fight against terror and not about any wrongdoing,” he said.
“My conscience is clear.
I am not guilty.”
He was charged with manslaughter and assault for firing the rocket.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a fine of 1,000 shekels ($3,200).
The soldier has been on administrative leave since the attack, according to the military.
Yariv was appointed as the defense minister and Yaari became the defense secretary.
Both serve in a similar capacity.