A 21-year-old IDF (Israeli Defense Force) soldier sat by his Gaza post as the rockets flew overhead. Besides his weapon, he was armed with a computer. He decided to break the law and post an AMA on Reddit, the giant social networking service. (AMA stands for “Ask Me Anything” — and people did. The Israeli soldier’s Reddit AMA drew over 3,000 comments in 16 hours.
Here’s the young soldier’s original post: “I’m serving near Gaza. It’s my turn to be the watch of the base, so I’ll be here for a couple of hours. I’m preperd (sic) to getting a lot of anger from you guys. Just want to make two things clear in advance, I do not represent the IDF opinions. I’m am just a 21 years old that likes reddit, and what I’m doing is illegal, I am not alowed to post as a solider, but I think its important. Give me your worst.” Asked about the “two-state solution” the soldier gives a grim assessment of its prospects. “I could live in both situations, happily. But I do know many people who won’t be able to live with letting Arabs walk the hills of Jerusalem, and vice versa.”
To do an AMA on Reddit, you have to present evidence you are who you say you are. This image, from IMGUR, is what the IDF soldier presented: