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Eating pork sandwich gets Israeli soldier in trouble

The Israeli military administers an 11-day prison sentence, then later rescinds the detention after public outcry, for breaking military rules by eating a pork sandwich.

U.S.-born Jewish serviceman 'violated rules' by not keeping kosher diet while in uniform

The soldier was unaware of the army's strict dietary restrictions against pork products, Israel Radio says. (Matthew Mead/Associated Press)

A U.S.-born Israeli soldier has been spared from discipline after violating the Israeli military's kosher rules by eating a pork sandwich while in uniform.

The military said Tuesday that the soldier, whose name hasn't been released, "violated rules and regulations," which required him to be disciplined.

However, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) decided to rescind an initial 11-day detention after public outcry.

The soldier was at first given an 11-day prison sentence, which was converted to being confined to base for the same duration after relatives talked to the media and a lawmaker wrote to the defence minister about the case.

"Bottom line — we made a mistake," IDF spokesman Brig.-Gen. Moti Almoz said on Facebook regarding the sentence.

"There are tensions in Israeli society, and there are varied positions and opinions. In the IDF, there is room for everyone."

Israel Radio said the soldier, who moved to Israel from Boston recently, was unaware of the army's strict dietary restrictions and was merely snacking on a lunch his secular grandmother had made him.

Israel's army maintains kosher kitchens on its bases.

With files from Reuters