A lone soldier who made aliya to Israel from the US was sent to military prison for 11 days for eating a non-kosher sandwich during an operation of his military unit, Israel Radio reported on Monday.
According to the report, the soldier offered the sandwiches, which he had gotten from his grandmother at her kibbutz, to several of his fellow soldiers.
The soldier was punished by his battalion commander despite telling him that he was unaware of army regulations regarding kosher food.
According to Israel Radio, the army decided to lighten the soldier's punishment from time in military prison to confinement to his base after a reporter informed the IDF Spokesman's Office of the incident.
The IDF stated that the soldier's actions were not in keeping with the army's expectations of cadets in its officer's course and therefore he was punished. However, the army added, after reexamining the incident, it was decided to lighten the punishment.