Poll: Most Israelis Believe Eisner´s Dismissal Unjustified (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/22/12)
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A majority of Israelis believe that the dismissal of Lt. Col. Shalom
Eisner from his command position in the IDF was unjustified,
according to a poll released Friday.
The poll, which was conducted by the Ma’agar Mohot institute for the
Makor Rishon newspaper, found that 51 percent of Israelis believe
that the decision was not justified. 37 percent said they believe the
decision was justified, and 12 percent said they had no opinion.
Of the respondents who identified themselves as being national-
religious, 78 percent said that the dismissal was not justified. Of
those who identified as hareidi-religious, 79 percent said they
believe Eisner’s dismissal was unjustified. Of those who identified
themselves as secular, 55 percent said they believe the dismissal was
justified, and 27 percent said there was no need to dismiss Eisner.
Eisner was dismissed from his position as Commander after an edited
video showed him slamming his gun into the face of an anarchist who
was blocking a road along with other leftists and Arabs. IDF Chief of
Staff Benny Gantz decided that Eisner will not be allowed to perform
any duties as a commander for two years.
As is usual in such cases, the anarchists´ video is edited and does
not include any documentation of their provocations vis-à-vis the
reservist force that had to deal with them on the Jewish Sabbath.
There was no evidence in the video that the anarchist was injured.
Eisner told a confidante after the incident that the leftist he was
seen hitting in the video struck him first, causing fractures in his
hand. In later pictures, his fingers were bandaged.
A new video released Friday shows that Eisner may have hit four other
protesters – including women riding bicycles – during the same
The video, which was edited by Palestinian Authority Television, was
disseminated by the extreme leftist group B´Tselem, which aims its
reports only at Israel and is notorious for publishing one-sided
reports aimed at damaging the IDF´s and Israel´s standing.
Respondents in the Makor Rishon poll were also asked whether they
believe Gantz’s decision to dismiss Eisner was due to pressure by the
media. No less than 70 percent said they believe the decision was
indeed made due to pressure by the media. Only 16 percent of
respondents said they believe the decision was not due to media
The last question posed to respondents touched on the incident
itself, and they were asked, “What is your feeling towards Eisner –
are you angry about what he did or do you identify with him?” Only 21
percent of respondents said they feel anger about Eisner’s actions,
while 41 percent responded that they identify with Eisner.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/22/12)
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