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Dayan: IDF officer's attack on activist causing 'hysteria'

April 16, 2012 09:16

Chairman of the Yesha Council Danny Dayan on Monday condemned the "overwhelming hysteria" in Israel over an IDF officer's attack on a pro-Palestinian activist Sunday.

Speaking to Israel Radio, Dayan said that the officer who struck the activist should not have been judged by a 7-second video from an incident that lasted two hours. Moreover, the fact that the IDF had already condemned the officer just hours after the incident displays a loss of control on the part of the IDF and an irresponsible course of action taken by Israeli political institutions.

Dayan called the pro-Palestinian activist an enemy of Israel and implied that the Jewish State is more concerned with its image abroad than protecting its soldiers.

Dayan also condemned the Israeli political and military establishment for its "hysteria" over the incident, saying there was no reason for the prime minister, the defense minister, and other high-ranking political authorities to be involved.

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