Investigation of IDF officer’s death during running race reveals disturbing facts

The investigating committee that was set up following the death of an IDF officer at a running race discovered that the necessary files weren’t prepared in advance and some were even written afterwards by officers who lied to the committee.
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Three months ago, IDF Major Elhanan Brezner collapsed and died while running a race. The investigating committee revealed serious problems with the case, after which it was decided to remove two officers and to reprimand the deputy commander of the Jordan Valley Brigade.

The committee’s finding, which were presented to the family of the officer and to IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot, indicate that the files for the race were not prepared as necessary. In addition, it was discovered that after the officer died, some of the files were written retroactively by one of the brigade’s officers, who lied and said they were prepared in advance.

The investigating committee concluded that from the IDF's perspective, the incident was a serious moral failure. Two officers were dismissed, one of whom filed the case in retrospect and lied that it was prepared in advance and another who was responsible for preparing the files.

The deputy battalion commander was sentenced to seven days on probation, and two more officers will be tried. The entire case was also transferred to the Military Police for investigation.

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