IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz 390 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)
MKs had mixed reactions to Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner’s removal from his post as
deputy commander of the Jordan Valley Brigade on Wednesday, with some applauding
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz’s decision, while National Union MKs
Eisner was removed from service after Gantz reviewed the
findings of an investigation into an incident when he slammed his service rifle
into a pro-Palestinian activist’s face.
“Gantz did the right thing in
firing Eisner,” Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich said. “His violence is outrageous
and shows a total loss of control.”
According to Yacimovich, Eisner’s
actions send a bad message to IDF soldiers, while his removal shows that his
behavior is anomalous and unusual, and goes against the IDF’s values of morality
MK Nachman Shai (Kadima), a former IDF spokesman, also
lauded Gantz’s decision, and criticized those accusing it of being politically
“The IDF must behave decisively and without compromise to stop
any deviation, such as this event,” he added.
MK Arye Eldad (National
Union) said that firing Eisner was a “total surrender to the Left, which created
the provocation [leading Eisner to strike the activist] and is now reaping its
According to MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), Gantz is
teaching IDF officers to turn the other cheek and “learn from Defense Minister
Ehud Barak who ran from every front in order to reach his next
Ben-Ari said the people of Israel should embrace all officers
MK Uri Ariel (National Union) said that he is glad Eisner
wasn’t completely removed from the IDF, only command positions for the next two
years, after which Ariel is sure Eisner will be a commander and serve the State
of Israel faithfully.