An Open Letter To Ramatcal Gadi Eizenkot

To: Gadi Eizenkot

Chief of Staff of Israel Defense Forces

May 1st, 2015

Dear Gadi,

I am an Israeli student of mathematics at Hebrew University, and I am writing to you because there is a cause to which I believe you can make a great difference. As a leader, in a position of power, your word stands to influence many. You have the privilege of being the head of one of the strongest armies in the world.

The women of Israel want to serve in the army. We are honored to represent our country and give our time and knowledge to it. We are proud to be a part of such an important body in the state of Israel.

I know that the military is a difficult setting for women. At the moment, however, enlisting is mandatory for women in Israel, and if you want women to serve, the army needs to be a safe place for us. Right now, it is not.

May Fatal’s story came to illustrate that. The responses her post received were mind boggling. The idea that pictures of her in a bathing suit could have anything to do with her sexual assault is a fallacy which was debunked decades ago. She is the victim, it was not her fault. She was not asking for it. It was not consensual. Women do not choose to be violated once by a man and then again by the media and the internet world in order to tell a lie. We only would do that to tell the truth.

I implore you, Mr. Eizenkot, to come out with a statement which condemns the assault of May Fatal and take a strong stance against sexual harassment in the army. You can make a difference. You can help make the IDF a safe place for women to be. Simply by telling the world that you do not believe the victim is at fault, by telling the IDF soldiers that there is someone who will support them if they are assaulted, and most importantly, that men care about women, and want them to feel safe, you can change the world.

Please do.

Awaiting your reply,

Liora Sophie

Citizen of Israel since 1999


How To Deal With Terrorism in Israel

  1. Spend time with friends and family. Remember that you are not alone.
  2. Do not be afraid to leave the house. Live your life normally and remind others to do the same.
  3. Eat well. Treat yourself to chocolate and wine to help stay happy and relaxed.
  4. Spend time looking at cute cat videos and stand-up comedy.
  5. Bake cakes for IDF soldiers on guard duty. When you drive through a checkpoint, hand it to them through the window.
  6. Meditate or pray.
  7. Make disturbing, hilarious jokes about war.
  8. Smile at everyone, because why not?
  9. Leave tips at restaurants which have security guards. Always greet the security guard with a smile and thank them for keeping everyone safe even though their job is boring as hell.
  10. Carry a cellphone. If you hear about something that happened, let people know you’re okay.
  11. Give lots of hugs and ask for them frequently.
  12. Know what to do in case of emergency. Being well informed about safety precautions helps increase your sense of security.
  13. Have faith in the security system and remember that the Israeli Army is exceptionally strong.
  14. Randomly burst into song.