Israel: Some support Israelâ€™s troops with prayer; others support them by raising money. But some are supporting the troops by showing a little skin.
The Facebook pageÂ â€œStanding with IDFâ€Â was designed for women to show their support and boost soldiersâ€™ morale with racy photos. The page features pictures of scantily clad women with messages of support to the Israel Defense Forces written on their bodies.
The page was unpublished by Facebook after a few days, and a new one with the same name has been created. It has spurred a slew of copycat pages.
Yafit Duer, the pageâ€™s volunteer moderator, said that she and her colleagues are working to get the original page up again.
The original page described its purpose as follows:
Fighting for the Israeli front. Youâ€™ll guard on top, weâ€™ll guard your bottoms! We will win this battle of beauty for you.
Dear beloved IDF soldiers, we are here as an act of appreciation, you do not need to wait for 72 ugly virgins, you are our heroes. The beauty of Israel girls is waiting for you, here back home. Come back to us.
Additionally: among this pageâ€™s fans, we will have a monthly IDF soldier picked out for the special treatmentâ€¦ you know what they say, girls love heroes.
We would love to get your pics
However, there was second Facebook page that was created on Wednesday and had already acquired 13,000 likes. â€œWe are here as an act of appreciation, you are our heroes. The beauty of Israel girls is waiting for you, here back home. Come back to us,â€ as written in the Facebook page.
The page also announced that it will be selecting an IDF soldier monthly who will be entitled to a â€œspecial treatmentâ€ because â€œYou know what they say, girls love heroes.â€
â€œWe have two bountiful resources in Israel that are impossible to compete with, Israeli minds and the most beautiful women in the world. We also have a military front so… why not combine the two? Besides, what chance does Hamas have in the face of our women?â€ pageâ€™s creator, Gavriel Beyo, wrote.
Beyo, who has an advertising agency and runs an investment company, â€œYou can say I was trying to romanticize IDF and Israel and boost the soldiers sacrificing their lives and best years for us. I got reminded of the old daysâ€™ Pin-Up pictures of girls, you always see the soldiers looking at before battle, and thought that after a gloomy and scaring battle â€” that can serve as an ease.â€
Beyo said he had received thousands of positive responses and was told that after returning from operations members of one unit look at the page before calling home, taking a shower or eating.