The Lt. Col Eisner Affair: What Did We Learn?

How should Israel react to morally reprehensible behavior on the part of its officials?

April 29, 2012 17:18
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IDF officer hitting activist with M-16

IDF officer hitting activist with M-16 370. (photo credit: YouTube Screenshot)

Earlier this month Israel and the world was treated to filmed footage of a senior Israeli army commander pushing the butt of his rifle into the face of a Danish protester who was part of a cycling group of pro-Palestinian activists trying to enter an area deemed inappropriate by the Israel Defense Forces.

The video, of course, became instantaneously viral both inside and outside of Israel. There was an immediate denouncing of Lt. Col. Eisner by both President Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu followed by his removal from his command position by the Army’s Chief of Staff, Major General Benny Gantz.  Eisner was later chastised and told he would be demoted to 1st Lieutenant and prevented from having any command position for the next two years, at a minimum.  Given the way armies operate everywhere in the world, the military career of this highly decorated officer is probably over.


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