Deputy Division Commander that hit a protestor is severely punished for violating IDF (Zahal) ethics and acting in absolute contradiction of the Spirit of the IDF (Zahal)
Date: 18/04/2012, 12:52 PM Author: IDF (Zahal) Website
Following consultations between GOC Central Command, Major General Nitzan Alon, and the Chief of the Ground Forces Command, Major General Sami Turgeman, it has been determined by the Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, to dismiss Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner from his post as Deputy Division Commander on moral grounds, while dealing with the incident.
IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai spoke of the video documenting Lt. Col. Eisner hitting a protestor with his M-16, “the incident that took place in the Jordan River Valley is extremely serious and in absolute contradiction with IDF (Zahal) ethics…There are different bodies, some of them anarchists and belligerent war instigators, disparaging our soldiers to create a buzz in the media, but we must maintain IDF (Zahal) ethics and avoid getting dragged into a provocation.”
Lt. Gen. Gantz concluded in the investigation of the incident that there were professional and command failure as well.
Lt. Col. Eisner was dismissed from his position and will not serve as the Deputy Commander of the IDF (Zahal) Officer School, and will not be eligible to serve in commanding positions in the next two years.