Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Defend Colonel Eisner!
'We've Gone Mad,' Says Leading Pundit
Maariv's Ben-Dror Yemini says the press cooperated with anarchists in
attacking Lt. Col. Eisner.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 4/17/2012, 9:50 AM
Lt. Col. Eisner
Israel news photo: Flash 90
"We've Gone Mad" – that was the caption over an op-ed piece by
Maariv's Ben-Dror Yemini, a leading opinion-shaper, Tuesday morning.
The op-ed describes the way Israel's press has cooperated with
pro-Hamas European anarchists in defaming Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner,
because of a single act of violence against a Danish anarchist.
The five-second-long video segment in which Eisner can be seen pushing
the magazine of his gun into the Dane's face has been shown in Israeli
media over and over again, in "loops," hundreds of times in the past
"It's been a long time since we had an event that made it possible to
portray Israel as a monster," Yemini wrote sarcastically. "No 'Cast
Lead,' no massacre in Jenin, not even a mini-intifada. The promises of
a 'million man march' toward Israel's border melted into nothingness,
the flotillas stopped coming, even the mass flytilla turned out to be
bogus. Nada… And then it happened. It may have seemed for a moment
that Israel was successful in hiding the fact that it is a monster –
but then the plot was exposed. The ultimate proof was given in a
seconds-long segment showing IDF officer Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner
striking a Danish 'cyclist' with his gun."
"At last. The most brutal army on earth was displayed for all to see."
Yemini notes that Eisner had been injured in the incident, which
lasted one or two hours – and that the five-second clip was preceded
by anarchists' provocations and violence. And yet, the legal analyst
for the publicly-funded Israel Broadcasting Authority went on the air
to say that the matter seems to be "exceedingly grave," and that
Eisner should be put on criminal trial. "It is only a matter of time
before the acclaimed jurist recommends a petition to the International
Court in Hague alleging a crime against humanity, and the UN's Human
Rights Council convenes a special session to put Richard Goldstone
back to work."
"Dear readers – we have gone mad. We have simply gone mad."
Yemini notes that the "cyclists" are in facts anarchists, mostly
European, who support Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. "They are part of
the red-green alliance between Islamists and the radical Left." The
International Solidarity Movement, to which the Danish anarchist
belongs, openly supports terror against Israel.
"Israel is apparently the only country in the world that grants
freedom of action to those who openly seek to destroy it, in the name
of human rights, of course."
Despite Israel's long experience with the antics of "Pallywood," he
writes, "the media tribunal went into action as a court against war
Yemini's piece in Hebrew may be read here:
The colonel is Shalom Eisner and he has been suspended from duties
and the press is saying he is about to be expelled altogether from the
army. But he should instead be given a medal. Please take a moment
and send the Prime Minister a message, at this web site, calling for
the full reinstatement of Colonel Eisner and his being granted a