April 19: Readers react to Jordan Valley incident
How disheartening it must be for a dedicated soldier to be denounced by the very government he has faithfully defended.
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Sir, – Shame on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and
the establishment for their precipitous condemnation of Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner
(“IDF begins probe of senior officer shown striking activist in face with
rifle,” April 17).
How disheartening it must be for a dedicated soldier
to be denounced by the very government he has faithfully defended – and prior to
due process of law.
What message do these hasty condemnations convey to
our security forces, who daily confront a hostile enemy? Why must our own
legislative, executive and judicial systems make quixotic demands on our
children, thus placing them in harm’s way? Who is responsible for having granted
these European miscreants the privilege of entering Israel when we all knew in
advance that their goal was to provoke and disrupt? How else would we expect any
human being to react when he is accosted and attacked by an overtly antagonistic
It is not the behavior of Eisner that should be examined but that of our
feckless leaders, who create such situations.
Sir, – What a pity we could not hear what the pro-Palestinian activist said to
Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner before he got hit.
That this was a provocation
planned by the Palestinian Authority is quite clear when you realize that there
was only a Palestinian TV cameraman there, as well as a Palestinian ambulance.
When you have a peaceful bicycle ride, do you really need an ambulance in
Sir, – Let these anarchists and
demonstrators carry on like this in any other civilized country and see what
happens. If you treat them with kid gloves (like we have up till now), they will
gouge out our eyes with their sticks and stones – and they already
I say deport them and give Lt.- Col. Shalom Eisner a
Sir, – The Danish ambassador to Israel
reacted with critical comments because one of his nationals, an anarchist
provocateur from the terrorist-affiliated International Solidarity Movement, was
injured Saturday by an IDF officer (“Quick action against Eisner averts
diplomatic tiff with Denmark,” April 17).
In response, the Almagor Terror
Victims Association is collecting information about how Denmark deals with the
dispersal of protesters.
Nine minutes of extreme violence can be viewed
The honored ambassador from Denmark would do well to remember
the adage, “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”
Sir, – Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal noted, “I
can see that the soldier involved was immediately suspended and the matter is
now being investigated.”
As usual, Israel is quick to condemn its own,
irrelevant of what the truth might be or what preceded the event. Surely it
would have been reasonable to give Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner, who has served
his country with distinction, the benefit of the doubt until the incident was
investigated? The prefabricated massacre in Jenin immediately comes to mind, but
what the heck, we have kept Denmark happy. Our leaders are like trained seals
that jump on order.
Sir, – Kudos to The Jerusalem
Post for having the clarity and decency to defend Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner
(“Benefit of the doubt,” April 17).
And shame on our cowering politicians
and a shamefully masochistic press for trying, convicting and seeking to wreak
retribution in a case about which much is still to be discovered.
leave aside the particulars for a moment and focus on the larger
Anarchists, provocateurs, haters of Israel want nothing more
than to goad, provoke and beget a reaction that paints the IDF as a heinous,
heartless monster. They are happy to create situations in which any sentient
being would respond so as to get a juicy video bite of a reaction. And they
played our officials and most of the media like a violin, enlisting them in a
denunciation of ourselves.
I am ashamed of my countrymen for
Rest assured that we will discover six months from now a very
different reality from that which the anarchists wanted to portray and our
leadership was happy to endorse. By then, of course, the damage will have been
done, mostly self-inflicted.
And for what? To avert a diplomatic rift
with Denmark? Have we such little backbone that averting a condemnation from a
country that is happy to condemn us for just about everything counts for
anything against the debt, support and presumption of self-defense we owe Eisner
and all of our soldiers? This is death by a thousand cuts.
We need to
come back to our senses.
Thank you, Jerusalem Post, for being part of
that needed effort.
DOUGLAS S. ALTABEF
Sir, – Your editorial,
with which I agree in principle, is a bit hypocritical, for the Post itself
contributed to the rush to judgment by publishing the propaganda picture on its
front page. True, one could go to the Internet and see the picture. But you
could have supported your own claim that the evidence “should have been treated
with extreme suspicion.”
I rely on the Post as my news source over
breakfast and do not dilly-dally on the Internet. Thus, I would have been spared
the sight of such questionable proof of the soldier’s misbehavior.
we not learned from the al-Dura incident?
Editor’s note: The photo appeared on Page 3 of the April 16 issue.
Your editorial derogates the video of an IDF officer striking a Danish civilian,
although Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres condemned the assault and
the IDF suspended him.
We Americans tend not to deny our videos, even
when they show soldiers urinating on corpses or abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib,
or police beating up Rodney King. Videos generally tell the
Remember the video of the Israeli soldiers being savagely beaten
aboard the Mavi Marmara? Barry Rubin’s exhilarating perspective, that Israel
will survive all these commotions (“The three myths that distort every
discussion of Israel,” Comment & Features, April 16), should make it easier
to admit to failures.
Sir, – Why
does the government permit known anti-Israel activists entry into the country?
For how many more years are Jews to be guilt-ridden? Why do we suggest guilt
before trial when the entire report is based on an officer’s reaction by way of
a carefully constructed video? Where is there a video of the events that
preceded this? At what point in time will we distinguish enemies from friends?
Why would one desire to be a soldier with one’s hands tied behind one’s back?
Our leaders should be given a copy of Prof. Alan Dershowitz’s book Chutzpah and
in particular rid themselves of the “what will the goyim think”