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‘It All Started When an Israeli Officer Hit Back’


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Incidentally, Maj. Gen. Alon has also ordered the suspension of Lt.-Col. Eisner, which also makes sense under the circumstances, assuming that his time would probably be taken up by long conversations with army investigators.

Bravo. No matter what the ISM are claiming, the IDF is going to take its time, collect testimonies, analyze the evidence and issue a reliable, truthful report. As it has done in the past.

What a pity that the man who commands the army which has such a solid, reliable spokesperson, couldn’t do what is recommended in such cases: shut up and let the pros do the talking.

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz declared: “The incident does not reflect IDF principles and will be thoroughly investigated.”

It is difficult to imagine a more convoluted statement, which, essentially, condemns Lt.-Col. Eisner, whose behavior, according to Ganz, was beyond the pale of IDF principles. If Eisner is already guilty, what, exactly, is the purpose of the promised thorough investigation? To determine just how horribly guilty he is?

The IDF, like most armies, has clear rules of engagement, and clear procedures by which investigators determine whether or not those rules had been followed. It’s not a moral issue, it’s a question of whether or not the soldier in question was following the rules of engagement to the best of his ability. If it is shown that he did, then his behavior did absolutely reflect IDF principles.

But Gantz’s boss, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, came across even worse, when he declared: “Such behavior does not characterize IDF soldiers and officers and has no place in the Israel Defense Forces and in the State of Israel.”

Based on a selectively edited You Tube video posted by the sworn enemies of Israel.

At this point, largely because of the moronic reaction of the two men in charge of Israel’s security concerns, it makes no difference whether or not Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner is exonerated by the investigation. The world will move on to fresher, more exciting videos. But the next Durban conference will certainly have two new ingredients to add to its appetizing Jew hatred compote: the self-condemning Zionist PM and Zionist COS.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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