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IDF officer on Eisner affair: No ideological failure (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Akiva Novick Published: 05.04.12, 19:52) Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4224788,00.html
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Division commander says lieutenant colonel who struck Danish pro- Palestinian activist with rifle paid heavily for ´professional error´
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A senior IDF officer said this week that Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, who was caught on tape striking a Danish activist with a rifle, made a severe professional error, but his conduct did not constitute an ideological failure.
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Speaking to yeshiva students in the settlement of Efrat, Brigadier- General Tamir Hayman, who commands over the 36th Armor Division of the Northern Command, said Eisner should not have resorted to violence during the confrontation with pro-Palestinian activists.
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"The goal was not to give these strange people a stage, but to prevent them from tattooing the delegitimization of the State of Israel and not allowing their nonsense to seep into our agenda," he said.
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"That is their real goal, not blocking some road in the Jordan Valley."
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Makor Rishon quoted Hayman as telling the students, "People pay for making professional errors, and (Eisner) paid a heavy price. Was it an ideological failure? Many senior officials will say that it was, but I do not think so."
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The officer told the students that Eisner is a "very moral person," adding "I´m certain he will remain in the army."
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Eisner has been suspended from his post, and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said he regarded the incident with the utmost severity. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/04/12)
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