How much was that worth?Lots. A dinar is worth five NIS. So, with time, there was moral deterioration, about what you take and what you don't. Psychologically, I think the reason is that you constantly feel you're at war with them. You don't separate. I think most Israelis don't separate – I mean there used to be Palestinian policemen, but say also between Hamas and such groups and civilians. It's all seen as one block because that's how the army is trained. To fight a war against "Them", so you're against "Them", period. It's very difficult to make this separation when you look at these people. I especially remember things being looted after the murder of the [Israeli] infant Shalhevet Pas. So later you hear a lot of people saying they all have to be killed. Sometimes it's just angry talk, but often when you take this with you into an operation, you are less likely to consider the feelings of civilians standing in front of you, and you'll get more violent, "show them what's what", with a vengeance.
You said everyone takes souvenirs, and if there are more and more searches, you tend to look more and more for your own type of souvenir. Yes.
?What's the worst thing that was taken?Weapons. If we found Kalachnikovs, there were times. . . after all, it's in battle and the commanders are especially stressed, so finally no one really notices where those weapons that we found are being kept.
People took weapons home?Yes, they found a Kalachnikov and it's nice to hang it on the wall, or something, instead of bringing it in to Military Police. Someone once took such a weapon out and no one knew where it was, really, and he wouldn't tell he had it because then he'd be punished, but the MP really wanted it, perhaps to check ballistics, see what it was used for. I don't remember how this ended, but there were often times, say even in the Muqata'a (in Ramallah), even in the quartermasters' storerooms, with lots of knives and air guns and all sorts of old pistols and people felt they deserved it…