US-born Israeli soldier found dead
It's funny - you never hear of Israeli citizens emigrating to enlist in the US military. But, that's another story.
An Israeli soldier who recently emigrated from the United States was found dead in a West Bank mosque Tuesday, where he apparently committed suicide after shooting at the walls of the empty building with his M-16 assault rifle.Was it suicide? Or, was he just enraged and stupid - unwittingly killing himself by ricocheting bullets, when he only meant to vandalize?
The army identified the soldier as Israel Reyman, 28, and said he immigrated to Israel about two months ago.
A spokeswoman said the fact that his weapon was found beside him indicated he may have killed himself, but "all options are being examined."
She would not give any other details, including his hometown, saying the incident was under investigation.
Residents of the northern West Bank village of Akabeh said they heard several shots from the mosque early Tuesday, and soldiers found the man's body inside shortly afterward. One witness said the shots damaged the mosque's pulpit, and Israeli forces imposed a curfew on the site while they carried out repairs.
Israeli TV reports said Reyman had complained of personal problems during training and had no known links with any Israeli political group, apparently ruling out a nationalist motive for the mosque shooting.