Chief IDF defense attorney: sexual harassment ‘not a phenomenon’ in IDF

Col. (ret.) Ran Cohen addressed the topic of sexual harassment in the IDF during a retirement interview on the legal website Orech Din on Monday morning, claiming that “it’s not really a phenomenon.” He added that “the IDF overreacts sometimes when trying to balance the rights of officers and the need curb incidents of sexual harassment.

“I don’t think it’s right to say that sexual harassment is a phenomenon in the IDF,” he clarified. “The IDF sends a clear message about these kinds of actions. I think that anachronistic stigmas cause the IDF to work diligently and sometimes even overreact to these kinds of actions when trying to balance the rights of officers and the need curb incidents of sexual harassment. There is no controversy regarding the need to take swift, harsh action against sexual harassment.

“On the other

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