Avner Gvaryahu - Breaking the Silence
Interviews with newsmakers and personalities from across the globe. Stephen Sackur speaks to Avner Gvaryahu, a former Israeli Defence Force soldier.
The Israeli Defence Force sees itself as an institution that binds the nation together. Most young Israelis serve in its ranks after leaving school. It claims to combine defence of the state with a sense of moral purpose. Avner Gvaryahu served in the IDF but he sees an institution in denial - corroded and corrupted by the military occupation of Palestinian communities over a fifty-year span. Avner Gvaryahu and like-minded soldiers turned dissidents say they are breaking the silence. Are they patriots or traitors?