IDF Colonel (res.) Ben-Tzion “Bentzi” Gruber, PhD
In “Ethics in the Field: An Inside Look at the Israel Defense Forces,” Col. Bentzi Gruber takes audiences behind the scenes of the IDF’s daily battle to both ensure the country’s security and uphold one of the most rigorous military codes of ethics in the world today. In a unique multimedia presentation combining classified IDF footage, shocking statistics, and riveting personal narration, Col. Gruber explores:
- The dilemmas constantly facing IDF commanders in locating terrorists within a civilian population;
- The IDF’s unique ethical code;
- The effectiveness of the IDF’s preventative efforts against terrorist attacks.
In addition to providing first-hand accounts and documentation from Operations Cast Lead and the IDF’s daily counterterrorism operations, Col. Gruber also discusses the issue of the Gaza flotillas, the impact of the Arab Spring and the Syrian civil war on terrorism against Israel, and more.
Col. Gruber has spoken at national conferences, community events, military academies, college campuses, and middle and high schools around the world. He is currently Vice–Commander of an armored division of 20,000 soldiers, a position that followed other significant posts of command in the course of more than 30 years serving in the IDF Reserves. This position within the army has given him access to and permission to present materials and information that is usually only seen by military or government officials.
Content includes footage of:
- · The diversions used as cover for suicide bombings and kidnapping soldiers;
- ·IDF soldiers uncovering smuggling tunnels;
- · Pursuit of known terrorists through civilian areas, taken by aerial drones;
- · Terrorists using children as living shields and launching rockets from mosques, and more.
A revelatory, engaging, and thought-provoking presentation, “Ethics in the Field” is Col. Gruber’s personal initiative to shatter the myths and present the facts missing in today’s discussion of the IDF and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.