Censure of IDF officer averts diplomatic row with Denmark (JERUSALEM POST) By HERB KEINON 04/16/12)
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A diplomatic incident with Denmark over an IDF officer´s slamming the
face of a Danish protestor with his M-16 rifle was averted by the
IDF´s quick disciplinary action and Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu´s immediate condemnation, diplomatic officials said Monday.
Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sondal said in a statement posted on
the Danish Foreign Ministry´s web site that "we do not yet know the
circumstances surrounding the incident," and that Denmark´s
ambassador to Israel Liselotte Kjærsgaard Plesner had "immediately
asked the Israeli authorities for an explanation."
"I can see that the soldier involved was immediately suspended and
the matter is now being investigated," Sondal said.
Sondal noted that Netanyahu had already condemned the incident. "We
must all condemn the use of force, which apparently has occurred
against the demonstrators," he said. Within three hours after the
incident aired on Channel 2 Sunday night, Netanyahu condemned it and
said that behavior such as this had no place in the IDF or in Israel.
According to foreign Ministry officials, Kjærsgaard Plesner phoned
the ministry in the morning and asked for information about the
incident, and what steps Israel was taking. She said she would relay
back to Copenhagen Netanyahu´s condemnation, as well as the IDF´s
decision to remove the officer -- Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner, the deputy
commander of the Jordan Valley Brigade -- from his post and open an
investigation into the matter. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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