Lt. Col. Eisner: I didn’t put anyone’s life at risk

Deputy brigade commander suspended for striking pro-Palestinian activist with M-16 says, ‘What’s more important, fulfilling the task or looking good for the camera?’

Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, the IDF officer who was suspended for striking a pro-Palestinian protester from Denmark with an M-16 rifle, said in a conversation with a supporter that he never put “anyone’s life in danger.”

“What’s more important, fulfilling the task or looking good for the camera?” he said in a chat that was broadcast on Channel 10 News. “I am familiar with these anarchists’ history. They came with sticks and broke my hand, but no one talks about that or films that. It’s true; some of the pictures look bad. I used my weapon coldly, like a stick. I didn’t kill anyone, and didn’t put anyone’s life at risk.”

The altercation occurred Saturday when dozens of foreign activists and Palestinians on bicycles and on foot left Yitav, located near the Palestinian village of Ouja, and headed towards join Route 90, a major north-south artery. Access to the road was blocked by a group of IDF soldiers.

The activists said they sang and chanted peacefully for about half an hour, then decided to march toward the soldiers in an effort to reach Route 90. That is when Colonel Eisner became violent, they said.

“I believe the protesters themselves said after the incident that they cut the rally short and decided not to block the road only because of the way I handled the situation. But all these stories do not interest our chief of staff (Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz) or the head of my command (GOC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon),” Eisner said. “I believe that completing the mission is more important than looking good for the camera, but they (his commanding officers) claim it isn’t.

 

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  1. Brian Davis says:

    Wow, once again it is not enough that many in authority want to acquiesce to any foreign protester or government that accuses Israel of pretty much any wrongdoing, but then Israel adds insult to injury, literally in this case, by not condemning those trying to undermine the safety of Israelis, but the very one trying to do his duty and protect those whom he has sworn to protect. Does the Prime Minister and IDF leadership truly not get it? Defend your country, your people, and your land. Who cares what others think including us Americans. Please for the sake of the world act like you are God’s chosen people and quit making your beautiful soldiers, or anyone who tries to do the right thing, scape goats.

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