“One of the most important books on Israel/Palestine in a generation…If there is still hope for any resolution, it lies with those who offer a taste of the bitter, but perhaps ultimately healing, truth.” –David Shulman, New York Review of Books.
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) is held by many to be “the most moral army in the world,” and its actions in the Occupied Territories are - it claims - first and foremost aimed at protecting the country from terror. But Our Harsh Logic, a compilation of testimonies from former IDF soldiers, tells a different story. Talking frankly about what they did, what they were told to do, and what they saw, these young Israelis draw a broad and powerful portrait of an ostensibly defensive military program that in fact serves an offensive agenda. As the soldiers show in vivid and immediate detail, even the key terms of IDF policy - “preventing terror,” “separating populations,” “preserving normal Palestinian life,” and “law enforcement” - in fact mean precisely the opposite on the ground.
Avner Gvaryahu was born and raised in a religious-Zionist family in Rehovot, Israel. He joined the IDF as a paratrooper in 2004, and served as a sniper team sergeant in a special operations unit, mostly around Nablus and Jenin. After his military service, Avner became involved with Breaking the Silence where he has served as Jewish Relations Coordinator for the past year. He holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Tel Aviv University, and lives with his wife in Tel Aviv.