Ben Ari: Eisner Was ´Stabbed in the Back´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/26/12)
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MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) on Israel´s 64th Independence Day
sent a letter of support to Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, who was removed
from his post as deputy commander of the Jordan Valley Brigade for
striking an ISM anarchist from Denmark with his rifle.
"We all feel the wound of betrayal, the knife stuck in your back by
leaders of defeat," Ben Ari wrote. "But despite the hard feelings, I
think this is a seminal event. This event casts a light on the decay
of values and morals in the IDF."
"In Amona, deputy IDF chief Yair Naveh, ordered the use of clubs. The
result was hundreds of wounded, some who remain disabled even today.
No one claimed this was not in the spirit of the IDF - and that was
against Jews. But your error is compounded by the fact that you beat
the enemies of Israel.
"Since the Oslo Accords were signed the IDF has become the army of
low intensity against the enemy while concentrating on making war on
Jews building outposts. This is an unforgiveable sin.
"IDF values today are built on a hypocritical consumerist religion,
which preaches submission and turning the other cheek. It seems
George Orwell´s 1984 is more realistic than ever: Surrender is
victory, defeat is the pride, laxity is heroism.
"According to them you need to embrace the anti-Semites and surrender
the field - because that will photograph well! To them that will
decide Israel´s fate. This is the IDF in full decay and it cannot
"You are a hero who is devoted to the value of victory and fidelity,
which find no home in the army of Netanyahu and Gantz. They prefer
officers like Ehud Barak. He eschewed every difficult decision lest
the taint stick to him and harm his chances of promotion.
"Now, a great responsibility has come upon you. To lead and demand
change and a return to the values of the IDF. I urge you to establish
an Institute of Jewish Heroism, which will teach Jewish pride. It
will teach our enemies that we will speak with a rifle or shotgun
butt rather than give up parts of our homeland," Ben Ari concluded.
The incident that led to Eisner´s removal from his post occurred on
April 14 when a group of foreign and Arab cyclists sought to block a
main road near Jericho to protest Israel´s presence in Judea and
Critics of Eisner´s dismissal from his post through he remains in
the IDF with the same rank were quick to note the video of the
incident uploaded to the Internet was clearly edited in such a way as
to cast Eisner in the worst possible light.
The altercation came at the end of nearly two hours of heated
confrontation between protesters and soldiers, but the video began
with Eisner striking the activist.
Eisner subsequently told military investigators that two of his
fingers had been broken in an attack by the Danish campaigner before
he retaliated with his weapon. A medical examination confirmed at
least one of Eisner´s fingers was indeed broken during the
A second video released on April 20 which critics say was also
clearly edited showed Eisner striking other activists with his
Eisner ran into further controversy when a private conversation he
had with a friend was taped and broadcast on Channel 10.
In the conversation, Eisner leveled sharp criticism for IDF chief of
staff Benny Gantz and Central Command commander Nitzan Alon, who he
said were more concerned with looking good than completing the
It remains unknown if Eisner, whose career could be destroyed by
openly criticizing his superior officers, was aware the private
conversation was being recorded by a third party.
Gantz who joined Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres
in condemning Eisner before the initial investigation into the
incident was complete said Thursday "His comments were unfortunate,
irrespective of his reasons."
However, Gantz also softened his previous stance saying Eisner made
a "mistake," and "I´m not ready to decide his fate and end his
career, but I cannot simply ignore the incident, either."
The decision to remove Eisner from his post which Gantz made after
the investigation was complete has been unpopular with the majority
of Israelis, who feel senior military and political officials spoke
too quickly and hung Eisner out to dry in public. (IsraelNationalNews
© 2012 04/26/12)
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