A female Israeli Defense Forces [IDF] soldier who has become a viral sensation for her thirst trap TikTok videos in which she defends her country’s ‘moral military’ while dancing provocatively dressed in combat uniform has been criticised for making light of the conflict in Gaza.
Natalia Fadeevy, who claims she spent three years as a reservist in the IDF, boosts over a million followers on TikTok and devotes much of her page to sassy pro-Israeli military content.
In one of her clips she accuses Palestinians of ‘faking funerals for the media’ and defends the Israeli army’s response to attacks from Hamas. She captioned another video: ‘When they tried to destroy your nation but you ended up having one of the most powerful armies.’
Pouting coquettishly with her brows and flowing locks perfectly coiffed, in another video she dances around and gyrates in her uniform, claiming: ‘I proudly served as a military police officier for three years in the IDF, now tell me, do I look like I could harm innocent civilians? Stop spreading lies about Israel, we have the most moral military[sic]!’
The recent 11 days of fighting saw around 250 people lose their lives, the majority of them Palestinians. In Gaza, the health authority said 243 Palestinians including 66 children have been killed, with more than 1,900 injured including 560 children. The WHO put the number of injured significantly higher, at 8,600.