This video is just embarrassing and just saddens me even more that Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner was suspended from his position for two years due to hitting a protestor once in the face with a gun to end an illegal protest that intended to block an Israeli motorway.
Israel was made to look bad, had to apologise to Denmark, but have a look at some of these videos as to how peaceful protestors are dealt with in other countries.
This is how they treat peaceful protestors in Denmark:
And this is how they treat peaceful, university students that protest in America (that’s pepper spray they’re using):
The point of this post is not to make America or Denmark look bad. Just that people have overreacted to the Eisner incident and that many people have double-standards, one for Israel and one for the rest of the world.
The truth is that I also have double standards. Israel should be expected to act to a higher standard than any other country in the Middle East, Western world or anywhere else. Israel is supposed to be a light unto the nations, so I expect more from my country and it lives up to those standards. Sometimes we go too far though. If violent flotilla activists get killed, it’s sad, but it’s their fault and we shouldn’t be apologising (and on that occasion we didn’t). We shouldn’t have apologised for Eisner hitting a protestor in the face, especially after his finger was broken by the activist. Eisner was merely doing his job.