Report: IDF officer Shmuel Eisner, filmed striking Palestinians, to sign plea deal

September 3, 2013 20:59

Shmuel Eisner, the IDF Lt.-Col who was suspended from duty after he was filmed striking several pro-Palestinian activists with his M-16 rifle during a Jordan Valley rally in April 2012, has reached a plea agreement with military prosecutors, Channel 2 reported on Tuesday.

Under the plea arrangement, Eisner will receive two months of community service without pay. He will not be discharged from the IDF, but he will not be promoted to a new position and will soon retire early from the army, Channel 2 reported.Military prosecutors will seek authorization for the plea deal following the Rosh Hashana holiday.

Eisner maintained that his actions against the protesters were warranted but that he chose to "swallow" the plea bargain despite the fact that he would "pay a public price for it," according to Channel 2.

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